Williams, Ted, 1918-2002

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Ted (Theodore Samuel) Williams (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002) was an American professional baseball player and manager. He played his entire 19-year Major League Baseball (MLB) career as a left fielder for the Boston Red Sox from 1939 to 1960; his career was interrupted by military service during World War II and the Korean War. Nicknamed The Kid, The Splendid Splinter, Teddy Ballgame, and The Thumper, Williams is regarded as one of the greatest hitters in baseball history. Williams was a nineteen-time All-Star,[1] a two-time recipient of the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player Award, a six-time AL batting champion, and a two-time Triple Crown winner. He finished his playing career with a .344 batting average, 521 home runs, and a .482 on-base percentage, the highest of all time. His career batting average is the highest of any MLB player whose career was played primarily in the live-ball era, and ranks tied for 7th all-time (with Billy Hamilton).

Born and raised in San Diego, Williams played baseball throughout his youth. After joining the Red Sox in 1939, he immediately emerged as one of the sport's best hitters. In 1941, Williams posted a .406 batting average; he is the last MLB player to bat over .400 in a season. He followed this up by winning his first Triple Crown in 1942. Williams was required to interrupt his baseball career in 1943 to serve three years in the United States Navy and Marine Corps during World War II. Upon returning to MLB in 1946, Williams won his first AL MVP Award and played in his only World Series. In 1947, he won his second Triple Crown. Williams was returned to active military duty for portions of the 1952 and 1953 seasons to serve as a Marine combat aviator in the Korean War. In 1957 and 1958 at the ages of 39 and 40, respectively, he was the AL batting champion for the fifth and sixth time.

Williams retired from playing in 1960. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966, in his first year of eligibility.[2] Williams managed the Washington Senators/Texas Rangers franchise from 1969 to 1972. An avid sport fisherman, he hosted a television program about fishing, and was inducted into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame.[3] Williams' involvement in the Jimmy Fund helped raise millions in dollars for cancer care and research. In 1991 President George H. W. Bush presented Williams with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award bestowed by the United States government. He was selected for the Major League Baseball All-Time Team in 1997 and the Major League Baseball All-Century Team in 1999.

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referencedIn Records of the Federal Trade Commission. 1903 - 1997. Docketed Case Files. 1915 - 1972. Docket # 8463. 1915 - 1972. Ted's Remarkable quot;On Basequot; Record
referencedIn National Baseball Hall of Fame Scrapbook : scrapbook, 1984 - 1985. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
referencedIn Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox baseball player, batting Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division
referencedIn Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox baseball player, batting, and Al Kaline, Detroit Tigers baseball player, batting and fielding Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division
referencedIn Wickstrom, Alan. Research report : manuscript, 1984 : the comparison of Ted Williams and Joe Dimaggio / Alan Wickstrom. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
referencedIn Dellinger, Jade R. National Baseball Hall of Famers on their game : typescript, 1987 / Jade R. Dellinger. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
referencedIn National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. NBHOF Scrapbook : scrapbook, 1966. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
referencedIn Roberts, Judy. Boston Red Sox scrapbooks : scrapbook, 1952-1953. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
referencedIn Morton, Hugh M. Hugh Morton photographs and films: People and events, late 1920s-early 2000s (bulk 1940s-1990s) (Series 2). University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
referencedIn Records of the Federal Trade Commission. 1903 - 1997. Docketed Case Files. 1915 - 1972. Docket # 8463. 1915 - 1972. Ted Williams - Daughter and Famous Daddy
referencedIn Cassie, Less. Ted Williams Scrapbook : scrapbook, 1938-1939. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
referencedIn [The ninth inning--Ted Williams film] [motion picture] / [production company unknown] Wisconsin Historical Society, Newspaper Project
referencedIn A sure hit – Ted Williams United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Bloeser, Kurt Unknown. Kurt Bloeser Comic Book Collection comic books 3 1901-2006 1941-2006. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
referencedIn Ted Williams and Babe Ruth shaking hands in dugout of Fenway Park, July 13, 1943 Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division
referencedIn Newspaper Collection : papers 1886-2007. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
creatorOf Hegeman, Louis R. The petition of Ted Williams, and Bob Feller in support of Joseph Jefferson "Shoeless Joe" Jackson / prepared by the Chicago Legal Committee in RE: Joseph Jefferson "Shoeless Joe" Jackson, 1998. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
contributorOf Pre-Presidential Papers of Richard M. Nixon, 1946 - ca. 1963. General Correspondence, 1946 - 1963. Williams, Ted. United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn National Baseball Hall of Fame Scrapbook : scrapbook, 1965 - 1969. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
referencedIn Hugh Morton Photographs and Films,  , late 1920s-2006, (bulk 1940s-1990s) University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. North Carolina Collection.
referencedIn Breske, John, Jr., 1931-. Oral history interview with John Breske, Jr., [videorecording], 2004. Wisconsin Veterans Museum Research Center
referencedIn [Player file : Williams, Theodore Samuel, 1939- / compiled by the National Baseball Hall of Fame Library, Cooperstown, N.Y.]. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
referencedIn Historical Reports, ca. 1950 - ca. 1953 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox baseball player, at bat] / Bob Sandberg. Library of Congress. Prints and Photographs Division
referencedIn National Baseball Hall of Fame Scrapbook : scrapbook, 1969. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
referencedIn National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. NBHOF Scrapbook : scrapbook, 1966. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
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associatedWith Bloeser, Kurt Unknown person
memberOf Boston Red Sox (Baseball team) corporateBody
associatedWith Breske, John, Jr., 1931- person
associatedWith Cassie, Less. person
associatedWith Dellinger, Jade R. person
associatedWith Hegeman, Louis R. person
associatedWith Morton, Hugh M. person
associatedWith Morton, Hugh M. person
associatedWith National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. person
associatedWith National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. corporateBody
associatedWith Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994 person
associatedWith Roberts, Judy. person
memberOf United States. Marine Corps corporateBody
memberOf United States. Navy corporateBody
associatedWith Wickstrom, Alan. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
San Diego CA US
Boston MA US
Inverness FL US
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Baseball
Batting. (baseball)
Baseball--1960-1969
Presidential Medal of Freedom
Baseball--1950-1959
Baseball--1940-1949
World series (Baseball)
Fishing
Military Aviation, 20th Century
Baseball--1970-1979
Occupation
Aviators
Baseball players
Baseball managers
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Birth 1918-08-30

Death 2002-07-05

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Americans

English

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