While it is so pleasing to Boston Red Sox fans to see the versatile Bill Mueller win the American League batting championship, his backing into the batting crown by staying out of the Boston lineup is reminiscent of Detroit Tigers third baseman George Kell’s ducking the final game of the 1949 season to edge Ted Williams by one tenth of a point, 342.9 to 342.8, for the batting title.

The official records of major league baseball as well as the various baseball encyclopedias published should note with an asterisk instances like these which tend to taint the acvhievements of the players.