That's not really true. He hit a home run in the bottom of the 8th in the last home game of his career. There were three completely meaningless games left (the Red Sox were way out of the pennant race), all at New York, and he decided - in advance - that he wasn't going to make the last road trip. So, yes, he didn't play the last three games of his 'career' - but when he stood in the batters' box in the bottom of the 8th, he knew that was his last AB.
Quote:According to Montville's biography and published accounts from the time, however, there was some confusion about it all. Ed Linn described it in Sport magazine like this: "Somehow or other, the news was let out [after the game] that Ted would not be going to New York, although there seems to be some doubt whether it was Williams or Higgins who made the announcement. The official Boston line is that it had been understood all along that Ted would not be going to New York unless the pennant race was still on. The fact of the matter is that Williams made the decision himself, and he did not make it until after he hit the home run. It would have been foolish to have gone to New York or anywhere else, of course. Anything he did after the Boston finale would have been an anticlimax."