When you think of Ted Williams and his Boston Red Sox playing career, you think of the Kid, the Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame, You think of .406 in 1941, .388 in 1957, the last of his 521 home runs in his last at-bat in 1960. That career was star-studded aplenty: 18 All-Star Games, two Triple Crowns, two MVP awards, six batting championships, four home r [...]
Spring training was the best time for teammates to get to know Ted Williams. The games didn't count, there was plenty of free time, and when he spent spring training in Sarasota, FL, there was great fishing nearby. Ted was much more approachable in March than he was during the regular season! When nineteen-year-old Ted Williams arrived at his first spring [...]
The first time I met Ted Williams, he was as Splendid a Splinter as the legend suggested. It was the summer of 1956, four years before he'd retire as an active player, and I, not yet into my teens, was ready with an autograph book.