Might want to check the link, that goes to Pedro saying some nice yet unhilarious things.
Ted could easily have won MVP in 1941, 1942 and 1947. He did win it in 1946 and 1949. One problem was he was always up against one Yankee or another, as they were almost always winning pennants and World Series then. Writers weren't supposed to make that a consideration for MVP voting but they obviously did. And the Yankees were clinching so early, like Sept. 4 in 1941, undoubtedly before MVP voting, that it made it easy to add that as a factor.In another interesting (unrelated) baseball tidbit...
In 1941, from May 15 through July 16, Joe DiMaggio played in 56 games. He got a hit in each of those games. Over that stretch, here's his batting line:
247 pa, 56 r, 91 h, 16 2b, 4 3b, 15 hr, 55 rbi, .408/.463/.718/1.181
In that exact same period of time (55 games), here's what Ted Williams' batting line was:
239 pa, 61 r, 77 h, 15 2b, 0 3b, 12 hr, 49 rbi, .412/.540/.685/1.224
For the season:
DiMaggio: 122 r, 193 h, 43 2b, 11 3b, 30 hr, 125 rbi, .357/.440/.643/1.083, 185 ops+, 9.3 bWAR
Williams: 135 r, 185 h, 33 2b, 3 3b, 37 hr, 120 rbi, .406/.553/.735/1.287, 235 ops+, 10.4 bWAR
MVP voting that season:
DiMaggio: 291 points, 15 first place
Williams: 254 points, 8 first place
Obviously DiMaggio was incredible that year, there's no denying it. But Williams was simply much, much better. Even during the most famous stretch of hitting in the history of the sport, Williams was actually BETTER over that same period of time.