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.
Sad Sad Day for all of baseball. Ted, you were simply the best. God bless you and your family.
Kerry, West Haven, CT
He was a great man and his memory will stay alive forever. My thoughts are with his family and close friends who will miss him dearly.
There is so much you can say, but to say that Ted was the best hitter that ever lived, is just not enough. God Bless you Ted and your family. We will all miss you, but I am sure that you are happy being healthy again. Thanks my friend
The only real "hero" when I was a kid, was "The Kid". My interest in the Sox stemmed from my idolation of Ted. Followed his career from the time I knew about him...about '53. Took on his persona in every sandlot, wiffleball, or baseball game I played. Trying to be like him. When we were kids, at the summer house at the beach, or playing in the yard at home...when the ballgame was on TV or the radio, whenever someone yelled, "Ted's up!", we'd drop everything to watch/listen, because we just knew he was going to hit a home run. What a player. What a man. What a hero to have. So long number 9...and thanks for the memories.
My dad passed away in April 2001 - Teddy Ballgame was always my Dad's favorite - first because he was a true Red Sox hero that he had grown up with, secondly because Ted had worn the USMC uniform during the same war as my dad (Korea). Semper Fi, Ted.
Peter , Phoenix, AZ.
Too often today, the term "hero" is applied to athletes and entertainers who do little to earn that title. That was not the case with Ted Williams. He was a bonafide All American Hero. The fact that Ted Williams was arguably the Greatest Hitter always captured my imagination. But more importantly, to me, was the courage he showed (like so many of his generation) when he risked his life to preserve the freedoms our country enjoys to this day. For this reason, I say Ted Williams was a true hero and will be loved and missed by so many today. May God Bless you Ted.
Charlie , Los Angeles
A true baseball giant. Baseball has lost an outstanding ambassador of traditional baseball. Semper Fi
Barry, Newport News
I followed Ted from 1939 to the present. I always remember even if the Sox were way behind in the ninth nobody would leave if Ted was coming up.I also am glad that I was able to go to his Batter's Hall of Fame in Citrus Hills. Thank You, Bob O'Neil
Bob , Cumberland, Rhode Island
I am very sad. It feels like I lost someone close to me. I grew up in Brookline in the 1940s, and 50s, and Ted was my boyhood hero. I had pictures of Ted all over my bedroom. It was always a wonderous and exciting moment when he came up to bat.
Alan , Fairfax, VA
I was born in 1950, and only saw Williams once. My dad, however, used to go with his brothers every Sunday the Sox were at home (after they did their farm chores and went to church). He told me they tried to get to Fenway as early as possible - so they could see Ted Williams take batting practice. I'm sure Dad is there in heaven in line just waiting to get Ted's autograph.
David , Westfield, MA