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Ted Williams
Birth: Aug. 30, 1918
San Diego
San Diego County
California, USA
Death: Jul. 5, 2002
Inverness
Citrus County
Florida, USA

Baseball Hall OF Famer. Considered by many to be the greatest hitter of all time, Ted Williams was born on Aug. 30, 1918, in San Diego, California. Ted was shy and sensitive boy growing up. "I was awfully self-conscious as a kid -- about everything,"' he said. "The way I looked and things I didn't have that some of the other kids did." His parents separated when Ted was at a young age, and his mother worked as a Salvation Army worker. While his mother toiled to bring home money for her family, young Williams spent most of his time playing baseball around the San Diego Sandlots. "I used to hit tennis balls, old baseballs, balls made of rags -- anything," he said. "I didn't think I'd be a particularly good hitter. I just liked to do it." With plenty of free time on his hands, he began to develop the skills that would make him one of the most feared hitters in all of baseball. After graduation from high school, he signed with the San Diego Padres of the Pacific Coast League. Two seasons later while on a scouting trip to California, Hall Of Famer Eddie Collins signed Ted Williams for the Red Sox, who bought his contract for $25,000 and four players. After one season with Triple-A Minneapolis, he was in the opening day lineup into the Boston lineup as their right fielder in 1939, hitting .327 with 31 homers. Williams tipped his hat for every home run that season. First known as "The Kid," when he broke in, the Red Sox moved the right field fence in following Williams' rookie season. Williams 'slumped' to 23 homers in 1940, but batted a lofty .344. Wiliams became frustrated during his sophomore year when one game he struck out, then made an error. He heard boos for the first time and vowed never to tip his hat again in Fenway Park. Thus started a very edgy relationship between Williams and the Boston fans. Williams might have had the greatest eyesight in the history of baseball. He had Fighter Pilot Vision (20-10), and in 1940, to protect that vision, he moved to leftfield so he wouldn't have to stare into the sun at Fenway Park. Williams twice won the triple crown, leading the league in batting average, home runs, and runs batted in during the same season. Eight times he led the American League in slugging percentage, eight times in walks, and holds the record for career on-base percentage (.483). A passionate student of hitting who took his bats to be weighed at the post office to be sure they had precisely the heft he desired. His theories on hitting were published in a book entitled "The Science of Hitting,'' He won six American League batting titles, including consecutive crowns at the age of 39, when he hit .388, and at 40 (.328), making him the oldest batting champion in history. Williams' had a running feud with the Press. His relationship with the Beantown Scribes most likely cost him the 1941 MVP when he lost out to Joe DiMaggio and in 1942 when he lost out to Joe Gordon of the Yankees. He again lost out to Joe D. in 1947, with one Boston writer failing to even put Ted on the Ballot. He won the award in 1946 and 1949. "When somebody says nice things about me, it goes in one ear and out the other,"' he said. "But I remember the criticism the longest. I hate criticism.'" "I'm the guy they love to hate," he said. Ted Williams enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and became a fighter pilot in the Pacific Theater. He served his country with distinction and honor for 3 years. When the Korean War Broke out 10 years later, he again enlisted, this time with the Marines, as a jet Fighter Pilot. He was wingman for future US Senator John Glenn. One can only imagine what his career might have been if he had not lost those five seasons to the military, yet, Williams never complained, and was extremely proud of his service to his his country. Misunderstood because of his persona, his confidence in his ability was mistaken for arrogance. He was beloved by fans of all ages, particularly children, and his charitable work in New England, most notably with the Jimmy Fund for Cancer Research made him an institution. He was also well liked around the Major Leagues, and never hesitated to give out advice on hitting to opponents. He was great friends with the likes of Phil Rizzuto and Yogi Berra of the rival Yankees and Bob Feller of the Indians. Many sportswriters thought it was wrong for Williams to be handing out advice to opponents, but Ted always did it his was, and scoffed at whoever criticized him. He was also a World Class Outdoorsman. Williams became almost as famous for his hunting and fishing prowess as his baseball ability. He would go on elk and deer hunting trips across North America and Big game Safari's in Africa. He fished for Salmon at his favorite place, the Black Pool in the Mirimachi River in Canada. Williams eventually switched over to bone fishing in the Florida Keys.and tarpon fishing in the Gulf of Mexico. He worked with the Isla Fishing Guides Association to establish the Gold Cup, a highly selective tarpon fishing tournament that became one of the most famous — and most gambled on — fishing derbies in the world. No fish was safe when Ted was hovering overhead. He could catch a Tuna just as easily as an Atlantic Salmon. He was a perfectionist at whatever he did, whether it was hitting a baseball, flying a fighter aircraft, hunting or angling. To baseball fans, he was the greatest hitter in the game. To his Marine colleagues, the best fighter pilot they ever knew, and to Sportsmen world wide, the greatest angler ever.
A left-handed hitter, he led the league in home runs four times. He is the Red Sox' all-time homerun leader. Over the course of his career, he accrued a .344 average and had 1,839 RBI and 521 Homeruns. He won two Triple Crowns. His .483 on-base percentage is baseball's best, with Babe Ruth second at .474. In slugging percentage, Williams' .634 trails only Ruth's .690. Williams' .406 average in 1941 is one of sport's magic numbers. No player has topped .400 since. Williams' lifetime batting average of .344 was the highest by any major leaguer since Tris Speaker. "I feel in my heart that nobody in this game ever devoted more concentration in the batters box than Theodore Samuel Williams," he once said, referring to himself in the third person. "A guy who practiced until the blisters bled, loved batting anyway, and always delighted in examining the art of hitting the ball.''He retired in 1960, homering in his final ever at bat at Fenway Park. After his retirement he managed the Washington Senators/Texas rangers from 1969 to 1972, and in 1969, as part of baseball's centennial celebration, he was named Hitter of the Century. A quote from his book, "My Turn At Bat" probably summed up Ted Williams baseball career best, "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," He was a first-ballot inductee into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., in 1966. Theodore Samuel "Ted" Williams, died at 8:49am on July 5, 2002 at Citrus County Memorial Hospital in Inverness, Fla.at the age of 83. (bio by: Frank Russo) 
 
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  John Henry Williams (1968 - 2004)*
 
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Alcor Life Extension Foundation
Scottsdale
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA
 
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Record added: Jul 07, 2002
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- Eddie Hale
 Added: Feb. 19, 2014
Your .406 BA in 1941 should stand the test of time "Teddy Ballgame".
- KParn
 Added: Feb. 17, 2014

- Louise Taraba
 Added: Dec. 29, 2013
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