Reliving John Olerud’s stirring 1993 pursuit of .400

John Olerud's pursuit of .400 in 1993 lasted into August. (Otto Greule Jr./ALLSPORT)

It probably shouldn’t drop your jaw to find out that John Olerud set 11 career highs at the plate in his 1993 pursuit of .400 — the last man to hit that mark was Ted Williams, and he did it in 1941.

What is surprising is that Olerud’s .363 average wasn’t tops in MLB — Colorado’s Andres Gallaraga hit .370. Still, Olerud kept the dream alive longer, batting .400 for 28 more days.

We pitted Olerud’s chase against Williams’s in 1941. The result is a dead heat through August. Check out the video below to relive both glory years simultaneously.


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