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.
Our childhood heroes aren't supposed to die, but they do... One of the greatest thrills of my life was being in Cooperstown on July 23, 1989 when my other childhood hero - Yaz - was inducted into the Hall of Fame. Making it double special was it was by chance my birthday... Making it complete, was seeing Thumper - one of the reasons I have a lifelong love affair with baseball... Rest in Peace Kid... And Thank You!
Dan , Manchester, CT
I just watched my tape of the pre game ceremonies of the 99 All Star game. Now I know why I taped this. Ted Williams is the Boston Red Sox. Sure, Pedro and Nomar are great players, but no one can hold a candle to Mr. Williams. RIP
For many years, and for a number of reasons--his military service, his devotion to The Jimmy Fund, his unique character, his growth as a person, I've referred to Ted Williams as "The Greatest Living American," and the more I said it, the more true it seemed to be. I never got to see him play, but I visited the North Park playground in San Diego where he grew up and learned to hit. I miss him already. Keep swinging, TW.
Gary , Easton, Connecticut
I'm only 30...but I know what Teddy Ballgame meant to Boston, I know what a hero he was to my father. In that way he is responsible for my love for the the Red Sox.....so for one last time we bid the Kid adieu.
James , Lagrangeville, New York
Most of us are too young to have ever seen Teddy Ballgame play and can only read of hear the stories of his career. However, to witness the utter AWE the modern day all-stars had of him by the mound before the 99 All-Star Game was one of the greatest sports moments of my lifetime. (The greatest naturally will be when the city holds their parade come late October this season!)
Vinson , Franklin MA
Thank you, Ted. God Bless.
Brian , Attleboro
Ted: Rest in Peace. But there is one task you must do as soon as possible. Go see Babe Ruth and straighten out this curse thing.
Bob, Charlottesville Va
Baseball has lost one of the greatest who ever played. Long live Teddy Ballgame! And Thanks for the years of service to our nation and the great game of Baseball.
Ted...we all love you and will miss the greatest player ever to hit a baseball. I was priveledged to see you many times in my lifetime at Fenway over the years..there will never be another like you!
Jeff , Coatesville, PA