Born in 1918 in San Diego, Williams was a latchkey child from a broken home,raised by a mother more dedicated to the Salvation Army than to her two sons, and by a father who spent more time away from home than in it. Williams found salvation by doing the one thing he loved most: hitting baseballs. In his rookie season with the Red Sox, where he would spend his entire career as a player, Williams batted .327, socked 31 homers and led the league with 145 RBI.
Red Sox slugger Ted Williams was a revered name in my home when I was growing up. The aunts, the uncles, the parents, and the grandparents spoke his name in hushed tones with a mixture of awe and enormous respect.
Relatives told me they’d witnessed his last game…akin to being asked to see Madonna or the Beatles in concert.
They’d shake their heads and reminisce about the greatest player who’d ever lived…The Kid..who in his last appearance up at bat hit a home run.
And with his greatness and expert skill came the trials and tribulations of the man.
Catch the HBO special Wednesday, July 15 at 9:30 PM scheduled appropriately enough the evening after the All Star game…
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