“The Splendid Splinter,” “The Kid,” “Teddy Ballgame.” However you spin it, Ted Williams was the ultimate American hero. The slender left fielder from San Diego played 19 professional seasons, all in a Red Sox uniform. In the summer of 1941 he hit .406, but it was his off-the-field heroics that truly defined the man. Williams spent years of his free time comforting terminally ill children at The Jimmy Fund, he advocated for Negro League heroes like Satchel Paige and Josh Gibson in his HOF speech, but above all, he served two tours of duty in the Korean War and World War II. On the centennial of his birth, we remember all he did for this great game and this great country. Happy 100th Birthday, Mr. Williams!
To read more about the life and legacy of Ted Williams, check out this series of articles commemorating the milestone, by Kirk Kenney of The San Diego Union-Tribune:
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