Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero

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The Kid. The Splendid Splinter. Teddy Ballgame. One of the greatest figures of his generation, and arguably the greatest baseball hitter of all time. But what made Ted Williams a legend – and a lightning rod for controversy in life and in death? 

Still a gangly teenager when he stepped into a Boston Red Sox uniform in 1939, Williams’s boisterous personality and penchant for towering home runs earned him adoring admirers and venomous critics. In 1941, the entire country followed Williams’s stunning .406 season, a record that has not been touched in over six decades. Then at the pinnacle of his prime, Williams left Boston to train and serve as a fighter pilot in World War II, missing three full years of baseball, making his achievements all the more remarkable.

Ted Willams’s personal life was equally colorful. His attraction to women (and their attraction to him) was a constant. He was married and divorced three times and he fathered two daughters and a son. He was one of corporate America’s first modern spokesmen, and he remained, nearly into his eighties, a fiercely devoted fisherman. With his son, John Henry Williams, he devoted his final years to the sports memorabilia business, even as illness overtook him. And in death, controversy and public outcry followed Williams and the disagreements between his children over the decision to have his body preserved for future resuscitation in a cryonics facility–a fate, many argue, Williams never wanted.

With unmatched verve and passion, and drawing upon hundreds of interviews, acclaimed best-selling author Leigh Montville brings to life Ted Williams’s superb triumphs, lonely tragedies, and intensely colorful personality, in a biography that is fitting of an American hero and legend.

  • Author: Leigh Montville
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Published: March, 2005
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
Player Biography
Theodore Samuel Williams had only one goal in life: to walk down the street and have people say, “There goes the greatest hitter who ever lived.” In a 19-year career with the Boston Red Sox, twice interrupted by military service, “The Splendid Splinter” won two Triple Crowns, two Most Valuable Player awards and six batting championships. He retired with a career average of .344, and remains the last player to top .400 for a full season when he hit .406 in 1941. With keen eyesight, quick wrists and a simple motto – “Get a good ball to hit” – Williams compiled strong evidence that he achieved his goal.

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The Kid. The Splendid Splinter. Teddy Ballgame. One of the greatest figures of his generation, and arguably the greatest baseball hitter of all time. But what made Ted Williams a legend – and a lightning rod for controversy in life and in death? 

Still a gangly teenager when he stepped into a Boston Red Sox uniform in 1939, Williams’s boisterous personality and penchant for towering home runs earned him adoring admirers and venomous critics. In 1941, the entire country followed Williams’s stunning .406 season, a record that has not been touched in over six decades. Then at the pinnacle of his prime, Williams left Boston to train and serve as a fighter pilot in World War II, missing three full years of baseball, making his achievements all the more remarkable.

Ted Willams’s personal life was equally colorful. His attraction to women (and their attraction to him) was a constant. He was married and divorced three times and he fathered two daughters and a son. He was one of corporate America’s first modern spokesmen, and he remained, nearly into his eighties, a fiercely devoted fisherman. With his son, John Henry Williams, he devoted his final years to the sports memorabilia business, even as illness overtook him. And in death, controversy and public outcry followed Williams and the disagreements between his children over the decision to have his body preserved for future resuscitation in a cryonics facility–a fate, many argue, Williams never wanted.

With unmatched verve and passion, and drawing upon hundreds of interviews, acclaimed best-selling author Leigh Montville brings to life Ted Williams’s superb triumphs, lonely tragedies, and intensely colorful personality, in a biography that is fitting of an American hero and legend.

  • Author: Leigh Montville
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Published: March, 2005
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.2 inches
Player Biography
Theodore Samuel Williams had only one goal in life: to walk down the street and have people say, “There goes the greatest hitter who ever lived.” In a 19-year career with the Boston Red Sox, twice interrupted by military service, “The Splendid Splinter” won two Triple Crowns, two Most Valuable Player awards and six batting championships. He retired with a career average of .344, and remains the last player to top .400 for a full season when he hit .406 in 1941. With keen eyesight, quick wrists and a simple motto – “Get a good ball to hit” – Williams compiled strong evidence that he achieved his goal.

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JERSEY SIZE 40 44 48 52 56 60
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Chest 34 - 36" 38 - 40" 42 - 44" 46 - 48" 50 - 52" 54 - 56" 58 - 60"
Waist 28 - 30" 32 - 34" 36 - 38" 40 - 42" 44 - 46" 48 - 50" 52 - 54"
Hip 34 - 36" 38 - 40" 42 - 44" 46 - 48" 50 - 52" 54 - 56" 58 - 60"