75 years ago tomorrow, Hall of Famer Ted Williams recorded six hits in eight at-bats in a doubleheader on the last day of the 1941 regular season to pass the .400 mark and finish with a .406 batting average. MLB Network will look back at Williams' historic 1941 season in .406, a new edition of MLB Network Presents, premiering this Sunday, October 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET, the final day of the 2016 regular season. Narrated by Emmy Award-winning actor and Massachusetts native Michael Chiklis, the program features Hall of Famers and some of the biggest names to document the game examining the enduring uniqueness of Williams'.406 batting average and why no one has hit .400 in the 75 years since. A clip from MLB Network Presents: .406 is available here.
Rare archival footage of Williams discussing the 1941 season and his approach to hitting is interspersed throughout the program, in addition to commentary from Hall of Famers Wade Boggs, George Brett, Rod Carew and the late Tony Gwynn as they recall conversations with Williams and the pressure they experienced trying to match his accomplishment. Filmmaker Ken Burns, MLB Network host Bob Costas and columnist and author Mike Vaccaro explain how baseball captivated America in 1941, starting with Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak and concluding with Williams surpassing .400 for the season.
Sitting together at The Baseball Tavern in Boston, J.G. Taylor Spink Award winners and longtime Boston Globe sportswriters Peter Gammons and Dan Shaughnessy share stories about Williams' passion for baseball and how the way today's game is played makes it difficult for hitters to even come close to .400. Biographers Ben Bradlee Jr. and John Underwood discuss Williams' walk-off home run to end the 1941 All-Star Game and his famous on-field reception with baseball stars past and present at the 1999 All-Star Game at Fenway Park.
Launched in January of 2015, MLB Network Presents is a series of documentaries and access-driven profiles. The series has produced programs covering many subjects, including the Emmy-Award nominated The Story of Billy Bean, The Nasty Boys: The 1990 Cincinnati Reds, and more recently Holy Cow! The Story of Harry Caray, The Colorful Montreal Expos, 56: The Streak and The Bird.