Friday, July 5, 2013

Remembering Ted Williams August 30, 1918 - July 5, 2002

Ted Williams was an American professional baseball player who played his entire 22 year career with the Boston Red Sox.  When he arrived in Boston, he didn't look like a home run hitter but became known by many as "The Greatest Hitter That Ever Lived"  Other nicknames were "The Kid" and "The Splinter".

During his baseball career that was interrupted twice for his service to his country during World War II and the Korean War, he was an All Star 19 times and is ranked #8 on the list of the 100 Greatest Players of All Time. He had a career batting average of .344 with 521 home runs. He led the league in batting six times and won the triple crown twice. He reached base an astounding 48%  of the time. He ended his career just the way he lived it by hitting a home run in his final at bat.  He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame and has been honored by his name associated with several structures including a tunnel.  He later became the manager of the Washington Senators and was the first manager of the Texas Rangers.  He was the author of "The Science of Hitting."  His biography was later written called "Ted Williams: Biography of an American Hero."

Most remember Ted Williams for his baseball career, however, his military career was equally impressive.  He was a highly decorated US Marine and served as a fighter bomber pilot.  He was the recipient of the US Medal of Freedom.

Williams was also a master fisherman and was inducted into the Fishing Hall of Fame along with having his own fishing television show.

Ted Williams died on July 5, 2002 at the age of 83 after suffering from a series of strokes and congestive heart failure.  Following his death, after a family legal battle, his body was taken to Alcor, a cryonic suspension facility to be frozen.  

A memorial celebration in Ted's honor was held on July 22, 2003 at Fenway Park in Boston.

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