#9 Ted Williams

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Number 9 okay. At first I was upset that I did not improve and dropped five spots but I am still honored to be in the top ten. Look at that three Red Sox blogs in the top ten. Julia’s Rants, The Future Blog of the Red Sox, and mine. Confessions of a She-Fan took home the prize again for being number one. Not trying to be mean but I think a book author should be considered a pro blog. They write a book for money but good job guys. I really don’t have much time so I thought since you guys never read my final Ted Williams’ essay I would let you guys read it. Please note that I wanted to use all of your guys’ thoughts but each paragraph could only be so long.

Ted Williams:

A True American Hero

 

By: Bob

2-6-2009

P2-R3

 

Ted Williams once said, “Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three time out ten and be considered a good performer.” Williams succeeded four times out of ten three different seasons. He was such a good hitter that only Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Ed Delahanty, and Tris Speaker have a higher batting average then Ted Williams. Williams’ batting average could have been even higher had he not been called into the army. Besides playing baseball and being in the army he was also a baseball manager, a world class angler, a hunter, and campaigned for the Jimmy Fund; a charity for cancer. Ted Williams could have been the most risk-taking and caring baseball player ever. 

Ted Williams had a poor and tough childhood, but that eventually changed for the better. Williams was born as Theodore Samuel Williams on August 30, 1918, in San Diego, California. Williams’ dad was a sheriff and once arrested his brother for selling all the furniture in his house. Williams played all of his 19 seasons in major league baseball with the Boston Red Sox, where his career stats and awards included a .344 batting average, 521 home runs, 2,654 hits, 1,839 RBI’s, two American League MVP, 17 all-star selections, and two batting triple crowns guarding the Green Monster out in left field. From May 1944 to November 1945 Ted was in World War II and from August 1942 to April 1944 he was in military training to join the Marine Corps as a fighter pilot. Nearly eight years later Williams was called into the Korean war where he spent almost two years. In 1966 he made the Baseball Hall of Fame with 282 votes out of 302, 93.38% of the vote and had his number, 9 retired by the Boston Red Sox. Later in his life Williams started fishing and hunting and became a world class angler. On July 5,2002 he died a day after the Forth of July and a day before the major league baseball all-star game. Ted Williams’ life got much better and if it didn’t he wouldn’t be the true American hero he is today. 

Ted Williams is a huge risk-taker because he was in the army. I believe a risk-taker is someone who enters and does different things and or tasks with courage and bravery doing it. They also strongly defend in what they believe in. Ted Williams was in the Marine Corps as a fighter pilot which is a huge risk to do. Williams was in two wars, World War II and the Korean War, which is another gigantic risk. He won 13 awards for his outstanding military work. I believe anyone in the army is a huge risk-taker.

Ted Williams was naturally caring, mostly to kids. I think a caring person is someone who respects others and finds ways to make someone’s life better. Williams was caring because he campaigned for the Jimmy Fund Foundation; a charity for cancer. Williams would make bedside trips to sick kids in the hospital with cancer. Williams was so caring that there is a statue outside of Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox with him taking of his hat and putting it on a kid’s head. Ted Williams was a caring person to every child he saw.

Ted Williams was a risk-taker with a caring nature. If Williams had not taken risks, he might not have been so successful in life. Although he won many baseball, military, and fishing awards he didn’t let that go to his head and served and helped others. He showed he cared about others and as a result, even though he has been dead for a several years, people still care about Ted Williams today.


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Before I go I thought of a new way to hopefully get more readers, baseball trivia! Julia since you started this if you do not want me to do this just tell me. Whoever gets it right first will get there name in tomorrows blog. Some times I might give multiply choice or give a hint if no one gets it or it is just really hard. Here is the first question.


Who played the most games for one major league team.


Hint- Not Hank Aaron

16 Comments

Willie Mays? Cal Ripken? Ted Williams himself? Jim Thome?
http://imbringingdiamondback.mlblogs.com

Bob – great paper and go for it with the Trivia! “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”

Julia
http://werbiefitz.mlblogs.com/

The answer is…Carl Yastrzemski.
http://bronx-awesome.mlblogs.com/

Caroline and Babu- Maybe you will have to find out.
Julia- Thanks you. Wow three comments in about two minutes personal best. :-)

Bob

Sorry you’re not happy that I have a fan blog as opposed to a pro blog. I guess I’ll turn pro when I start playing third base for the Yankees.

http://janeheller.mlblogs.com

Bob,
Congrats for coming in at number nine! When I saw that I was like ahh here comes Ted Williams. I was excited! Thanks for posting your paper, it was really good! I remember reading the rough draft too. What did you get on it?
-Elizabeth
http://redsoxgirl46.mlblogs.com

Jane- It is okay but if that happens can I have your autograph? :-)
Elizabeth- Thanks. I don’t know yet don’t worry I will tell you guys.

Bob, http://bostonsports.mlblogs.com/

Ted was in my mind the best ever.

Johnny

Jeff- Yep you have to.
Johnny- He was the best ever because he spent a couple years in the army in his prime.

Bob,

Ummm… Cal Ripken Jr.? Lou Gehrig? No, not Gehrig. Mickey Mantle? Btw, congrats on #9! I must admit Ted Williams was probably the greatest hitter of all time.
http://newmexicanyanksfan.mlblogs.com

Bob,
Got to love the fact you are in the Top 10. Believe me, there are people upset they have not made the list and have just been in MLBlogs about less than a month.

As long as people read us, we will just sit there in the list and have fun writing for them. Best thing about it is that we wrtie what we feel, so if they also take to your train of thought, they will be back again and again.

Love the Ted Williams tribute. Amazing man and a truly awesome career. I wish I could see the seams moving on a 86 mph fastball like him.

Rays Renegade

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The Mighty Cal Ripken is the answer. Or is Brooks Robinson. I’m thinking out loud and then typing those thoughts. I’ve gone masugana!!!!!! Yidddish for insane or crazy
Orangebird

Wow Bob! You will go a long way! You are sure a busy kid! Keep up the great job!

I have been to Fenway Park once when I deciced to stay one night in Boston on my way back from a business trip in N.H. I have a picture on my cubicle of me at Ted William’s statue. I loved that stadium!
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Emma
http://crzblue.mlblogs.com/

Hey, Bob …

“Congratulations” on your #9 ranking on the latest “Leader’s List” !!! …… In my view, of all the greatest baseball players ever, I will always consider Babe Ruth the “Greatest Player in the History of Baseball”; and, Ted Williams the “Greatest Hitter in Baseball History” !!! … Being compared with Babe Ruth is the greatest praise any player could want, and Ted Williams is without a doubt one of the all-time greats !!! … And, Williams’ stats would be even more amazing if he was not in the military during five of his prime baseball years !!! … The fact that Ted Williams was also a “War Hero”, is the greatest honor that all American’s can give in dedication of Williams, a great ballplayer, and truly a “Great American” !!! … Nice dedication, Bob !!! … Jimmy [27NYY], “BY&L” http://baseballtheyankeesandlife.mlblogs.com/

Carl Yastremski 3308 games!

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