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.
Truly Remarkable Man, did so much for the Red Sox Organization and Community in Boston. He will always be in our hearts. May he take the Curse of the Bambino and Make it Teddy's Comeback!!
S. Ramey, Chelmsford, MA
I feel empty inside. A world without Teddy Ballgame is a world without heroes. God Bless his family and every life he has touched. Thanks Ted. RIP.
I'm too young to have ever seen Ted Williams play, but my mother, who wasn't much for sports otherwise, was a major Red Sox fan. I can still remember the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about Ted Williams and how he could play. And given that our last name was Williams, we figured maybe he might be related...? We could but hope! She thought Yaz was wonderful, but Ted... Ted was the best!
a former williams, bolton, ma
This is a very sad day for me. Ted Williams has been my hero from the time I learned about baseball. My Dad went through Naval Flight School with him and played on the same Navy baseball team in World War II. I saw him hit his homerun when he returned from the Korean War. He was the ultimate man's man. He called them the way he saw them - no spinning anything with him. He loved his country, baseball and those lucky enough to be his friends.
Ray , West Chester, PA
As a native Bostonian and having grown up in Newton, Mass. when Ted Williams was in his prime (and having grown up down the street from Jimmy Piersall), I (though certainly biased) feel that he was the greatest pure hitter of all time. Admittedly colorful and always battling with fans and the press, he will always remain dearly in my heart for what he did for the game and the intrinsic greatness he brought to the game. This greatness transends time and should be the quality that all young aspiring players should emulate. He was pure in a time before money, labor unions and free agency rose their ugly heads to insult the "average man" and tarnish the game. May Ted Williams rest in peace, and, the game extoll his baseball charisma forever!! agency
Dr. Robert , Palm Beach Gardens, Fl.
I grew up in the Williams era. I saw many a game at Fenway and Yankee Stadium. I lived and died with "The Splendid Splinter". His .406 will never be broken. There are those who say Joe D's 56 hit streak was the greatest. Never, never. There will never be another "Teddy Ballgame"
al , Providence RI
bobby orr was great. larry bird was great. ted williams was a god. ted williams lived a life that john wayne could only fictionalize in his movies. he was my only sports hero. ted williams made me proud to be an american. he served his country valiantly in two wars.he was a champion of the jimmy fund. he was the greatest ballplayer i ever saw.there will never be another ted williams. we are all lessened by his death. goodbye teddy ballgame. my prayers are with you.
david , plymouth,ma.
In 1941 or 1942, when I was ten or eleven years old, Ted was responsible for my getting into Fenway Park "for free." The old Boston Daily Record had run a contest wherein the contestants had submitted compositions with the subject being "Why I Like Ted Williams." I was a "winner", along with many others, each of whom received several free tickets to the right field grandstand (either Section 1 or 2). I don't remember anything about the game, excepting I had won something, and the sun in my eyes. Ted could be a pain, as my 1948 attempt to photograph him at the old player's entrance to Fenway will attest. He had his reasons. For those who think Dan Shaughnessy can be abusive, I refer them to the columns about Ted written by the Daily Record's, Dave Egan (The Colonel). From the time he broke in, until the day he retired, I never stopped rooting for him. There are two things about his abilities that have always impressed me -- I believe he had to have been the best "one swing" hitter there ever was, and his performances immediately after returning to the line-up after being out of the game for an extended period were generally phenomenal.
C. Tompkins, Clarksburg, MA
I grew up in Greenfield, Mass and wore the number 9 shirt when I played Little League baseball in the 50's. I adored Ted Williams. I personally witnessed two of Ted's mischevious deeds at Fenway as a teen: one of his splendid spitting at a fan episodes and tossing his bat into the stands after a strike out. He was great to watch and now may he rest in peace!
Ed , Asheville, NC
Ted Williams was such a class act. Can you imagine any of our 'professional' athletes giving up years of income to fight for their country? Ted Williams left the major leagues and flew for the US in WWII and, again, in Korea. It's important to note that in Korea the jets were made for much shorter men and Williams would probably have lost his legs if he ever attempted to eject. I think of Williams as a true american hero both on the field, and, most importantly, off it as well.
Josh , Boston