My father was born in 1917 and adored Williams. Sure, he had enemies in the press especially because he was outspoken. But the fans loved the guy. Just a few bad apples.
And the Manning analogy is inaccuarate. The Bosox problem all those years was poor pitching. Only in '46 did Williams get to the WS as Yankeee pitching made the difference hios entire career. Of course 5 years lost to serving his country put a massive dent into his career numbers. With those probable 2500 at bats missed he would have been without a doubt considered the greatest hitter of them all.
Willliams was the greatest hitter of all time. If he hadn't lost those 5 years to serving his country, some of them actually in Combat unlike schhmuck Joe D., he would have passed Babe Ruth's HR record and Aaron would not have caught him. If he got traded for that schmmuck Joe D, played in Yankee Stadium and not missed those 5 years, he might have 1000 home runs. His power was to center right center and Fenway is a big park unless you are a right hand hitter or a dead pull leftie.
Furthermore, Ted did hate the reporters who screwed him because he would not give them good stuff, and was contemtuous of their the pen is mighier than the bat. Felger was born too late, he would have fit right in in the 40's.
And to the turkey who said Joe D was about championships, he would have had none had Boston had Joe D and the Yankees had had Ted Williams. Thank God Satan's team could not buy the greatest hitter ever from the Sox like they did Ruth when that alcohlic NY pansy Frazee stole and dismantled the team. Why people refer to this as a trade still baffles me.