Ted Williams

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Ted Williams: A True All American "A man has to have goals-for a day, for a lifetime-and that was mine, to have people say, 'There goes Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever lived'" ("My Turn At Bat" 128). Theodore Samuel Williams was born on August 30th 1918 in San Diego, California. His father, a photographer, named him after the late outspoken president Teddy Roosevelt.His mother was a salvation worker of Mexican descent ("My Turn At Bat"15). His parents, who he later came to resent, were poor and constantly working ("My Turn At Bat"16). This left Ted with lots of free time. So he hung out at baseball diamonds and developed a batting stroke that would become legendary. After graduation from Herbert Hoover High School, Williams' talents got him a contract with a minor league baseball team in San Diego ("My Turn at Bat" 26). His progressed very quickly, and two years later, Williams was the starting left fielder for the Boston Red Sox. In the two decades which Ted Williams played he was a baseball icon. His first season was extraordinary. As a rookie in 1939, Williams hit .327 and popped 31 home runs over the Fenway walls, giving Red Sox fans a glimpse of what they would see for years to come. He was quickly nicknamed The Splendid Splinter and The Kid commanding attention as a natural hitter (Wikipedia). He had one of the game's most glorious seasons in 1941, hitting for an average of .406 at the age of twenty three. He is the last player to accomplish this feat. Nevertheless, he lost out on the most valuable player award that year to Joe DiMaggio, who had posted his 56 game hitting streak that same year. He most likely lost this MVP award because of his lack of respect and his arrogance to many of the sports writers and media, who are the ones who vote for the winner ( Nightingale). Williams responded by going out the next season and winning the triple crown. He led the league in hitting, home runs, and runs batted in (Wikipedia). Despite the praise from the Boston fans, Williams would hear their boos the loudest. After making an error which caused an out roar of boos, he vowed never to tip his hat to the fans in appreciation again and he never did. Boston writers attacked him in the press as being arrogant and ungrateful ("My Turn At Bat" 88).
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