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.
Mr Williams, Teddy Ballgame, The Kid. I grew and was luckky enought to see him play ball for the sox. I have seen alot good player since but will never and have never seen a player as good as his was. Ted Williams is a Great Ballplayer but even a Great American he served our country twice and almost died in battle. He never ask to be respect or liked by any one and sometime wasn't the nice man to the fans or the press but he never ask fro forgiveness nor would he anser the fan cheers. Like he would offen say Gods don't answer cherrs or ask for respect or are nice to you, but in the End God like Ted is alwayss the Greatesttt. I will miss The Kid and my thoughts and preys are with him always because to me a man in his late 60's. Ted will remind me of when time where different and ballplayers played the game for love rather than money. How I wish today player would just once give us fans something and play the game just once for the love of it.
Fredrick Crowley, Palm Bay
Daniel O'Connell, Brighton
Ted Williams will go down in history as a true American hero. It somehow is fitting that he die so close to July 4th, because his whole life was a reflection of the American dream. He was a patriot, war hero, and devoted champion of children through his work with the Jimmy Fund. He will be missed by his country.
David Smith, Merrimack, NH
A .344 career batting Average, 521 homeruns, 1,839 RBI's, a .482 career On-Base percentage (best of all-time), a .634 career slugging percentage (second only to Babe Ruth). He did all this while serving his country valiantly in World War II and Korea. Imagine Nomar not playing from the age of 25-27, and then again from the age of 34-35. Remember, Ted Williams hit .388 at the age of 41 in 1959 (which might be more impressive than hitting .406, considering his age). He never showed signs of wearing down. He could have easily challenged Babe Ruth's homerun mark if he had played all of those years. God Bless you Teddy Ballgame. You were a giant among giants.
Ted Williams represented the best of Boston. He was both the toughest and smoothest of ballplayers. He was also one of the five greatest hitters of all time, if not the best, along with Ruth, Cobb, Mays, and DiMaggio. He lived a full life, serving his fans and his nation in countless ways. He will long be remembered as the most natural hitter the game has ever seen.
Mathew Helman, Framingham, MA
I am 50 years old, born in Boston and a lifelong Red Sox fan. I saw him a few times toward the end of his career: His stupendous 1960 season, when he hit .316 and 29 home runs in a few over 100 games after he was supposedly "washed up" in a horrible 1959 campaign, was awe inspiring to an 8 year old. My grandfather called me "TW" then and since then I have been obsessed with the guy---his duende, as Gammons called it, his greatness as an American, as a person, and,of course, as a hitter. I can't believe he is gone.
Edward D Saslaw, Highland Mills, NY
As a Red Sox fan only born the year before Ted Williams stroked his last Fenway homer as a major leaguer, I am still very saddened by the man's passing. He was without much doubt the greatest white player of the game never to win a World Series ring. Williams had the self-confidence (some might say arrogance) to have seen that himself, but he also had the humility and basic human consciousness to recognise the geneations of great African-American players who had been deprived of the opportunity to compete in the majors until the arrival of Jackie Robinson. That recognition was at the heart of his acceptance speech at the 1966 Cooperstown Hall of Fame induction. Despite the not so covert racism that had characterised the Yawkey decades atop the Sox franchise, the reception given by Tony Gwynn and other black players of the last century on that magical July night at Fenway in 1999 must have owed something to that speech. For all the occasional tantrums with the Boston media (and fans!), Williams was a profoundly decent human being as well as a hitter the likes of whom we should be so lucky to see again in any uniform.
George Binette, London, England
Ted,thank you for all you did for children with cancer.
I lived in the same area of Florida that Mr. Williams lived in (Citrus County) and one day I was having an ice cream cone in a local ice cream parlor and in comes Mr Williams, with a friend of his, all smiles and hello's laughing and carrying on...I happened to have my Red Sox hat on and was so nervous I could hardly speak...his friend sensing my desire for an autograph, grabbed the hat off of my head, and handed it to Mr. Williams who laughed and signed it...I never wore that hat again and still have it in my baseball memorablia. What an honor it was just to meet him!
paul gagnon, Boston MA
A True American hero.
John, Melboune Florida