A Sonoma Chipmunk on a Donora Greyhound.
Yet (Ted) Williams tops him in most hitting departments—doubles, particularly home runs. Ted has a home run percentage of one every 18.6 times at bat to Stan’s one homer every 25.2 times at bat. It symbolizes something or other that Williams hit a much publicized homer (essay by John Updike) in his last time at bat; Musial went out with a single.
Musial was a better base runner and more dedicated and better fielder—and more of a team guy, less enthralled with his reputation as a hitter than Williams was. Musial never matched Williams, either, in feuding with reporters, or spitting at fans.
I always thought Musial was a good clutch hitter, that Williams was not, but there are no statistics to justify that feeling. On the other hand whereas Williams, the man with the great eye, often seemed satisfied to take a base on balls when there was a runner in scoring position, Musial, like Joe DiMaggio would swing at a less-than-perfect strike to knock a run in.
I have to be fair. My recollection that Williams didn’t hit well against the Yankees was erroneous. His lifetime batting average against the Red Sox’ biggest rival was .345. That compares well to Musial’s .359 against the Dodgers and .343 against the Giants.