Ted Williams, 1918-2002
Legendary Red Sox Hall of Famer Ted Williams, the last baseball player to hit above .400, has died. Share your thoughts about The Kid.
My Grandfather's hero, my Father's hero, my hero. God Bless you Teddy, and thanks for the memories.
I grew up in Boston in the 50s and became a lifetime Red Sox fan. Ted will always be my favorite player, so much so my NJ license plate reads BOSOX 9. He was an American hero, the greatest hitter in the game, a war hero in two wars, and an advocate for the Jimmy fund. I would love to see his life on film.
Frank , Lawrenceville, N.J.
By Far, The GREATEST Hitter Who EVER LIVED
Chuck D, Boston MA
I grew up in Kansas City, and didn't care a bit about the Red Sox until I read My Turn at Bat when I was 10. After that, I was hooked. Ted had made me a diehard Red Sox fan.
i remember as i child i saw ted williams play at fenway park several times. i really recall the times when i saw ted williams up close. he, ted williams would travel in an open car with "big brother", bob emery and curt gowdy and visit all the drive -in movie theatres to collect money for the jimmy fund. all the kids would give ted williams these containers of money for the jimmy fund. ted williams, big brother and curt gowdy gave me their autographs on this picture. i gave the picture to my son. the other time i saw ted williams up close was when channel 4 celebrated their 25th anniversay. i recall it was at soldiers field road and ted williams had a bright shirt without a neck tie. i was able to stand next to him. i recall he was a hero to me. i also recall watching the ball game with my father , when ted williams returned from the korean war. i went to ted williams day at fenway park with my father. both of my parents died a short time ago. i also remember running home from school to listen to ted williams last time at bat. i wanted to be there, but it was a school day and i had to go to school. i remember when ted williams managed the washington senators . ted was mad when the owner of the team,(i think his name was bob short) traded : joe coleman jr.,(of natick), ed brickman , and a. rodrigez for denny mcclain. i think ted resigned as manager. i thought i read somewhere that ted was so mad that he called the washington police and said he was robbed. i went with my son to the sports museum party a few weeks ago at the fleet center. we saw ted williams daughter receive her dad's award. i was lucky because my son and i volunteered at the 1999 all star game . i got to go on the field . we saw ted williams that night. i am lucky because i saw ted williams play several times. our country was lucky because he gave 5 years of his career to serve in the marines as a pilot. ted williams set a good example for kids. the players today could never match ted williams. baseball today, needs men like ted williams. many players today , seem for the most part,to think only of money, take steroids and other drugs, and don't love the game as people like ted williams.as far as i am concered , he will never be forgotten. may he rest in peace!
rich , west roxbury
Growing up in a little town just outside Norwich, Connecticut, Ted Williams was larger than life to me and my friends. Being a left-handed batter in Little League, I wanted to hit just like him. I remember so vividly those long train rides from Willimantic, Connecticut to Back Bay Station in Boston, to see my hero - my Grandmother, an avid Red Sox fan would take me once or twice a year. In an era where we await the annoucement of another possible strike in baseball, it is sad, but also refreshing to remember the greatest hitter who ever played the game - a player who would have sneered at the possibility of baseball's elite striking down America's summer pastime. He would have hit them "outta the park!" Len Seidel Springfield, Virginia
Len , Springfield, Virginia
Teddy Ballgame will now be watching us win the World Series this year from his great seat upstairs. Lets win it for Ted!!
Joe , Brockport, NY
The '99 All-Star game event brought tears to my eyes. The baseball world showed Ted just what they thought of him.....The Greatest!!!
Scott, New Haven Ct
Rest in peace Ted and remind Joe D that you should have won the MVP in '41!
As an 11 year old living near Boston I was taken to my first Red Sox game in June 1946. It was a Sunday doubleheader (remember those ?)against Detroit. Ted Williams hit two homeruns that day, one of which was the enormous drive that went 30-plus rows up the centerfield bleachers. This was the homerun that is remembered by the bleacher seated painted red. We didn't have particularly good seats; I think they were in Section 6 near the Pesky Pole area but we could certainly see that towering high drive sailing over the bull pen and landing more than half way up the bleachers. What an introduction for a young fan to what became many more games over the next years watching a hero in action. R. P. Piccus
Robert , San Francisco