Ted Williams

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He's getting an American Masters doc next Monday to commemorate his centennial (8/30/18) and it deals in part with his Mexican-American mother and heritage:

While many of Williams’ professional accomplishments and personal clashes were widely known, Davis said few knew about Williams’ ethnic background until Ben Bradlee, Jr.’s well-researched 2013 book, ”The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams.”

Davis said Williams kept his Mexican-American heritage a secret at a time when no black players were allowed in the major leagues and the Red Sox were owned by Tom Yawkey, a controversial figure who was the last owner to integrate a major league baseball team.

Williams was born to Samuel Stuart Williams, a white photographer and pickle salesman, and May Venzor, a Mexican-American Salvation Army devotee who often volunteered in Tijuana, Mexico, leaving Williams and his brother to fend for themselves with their alcoholic father, Bradlee said. His Mexican family ended up in San Diego as tension simmered before the Mexican Revolution began in 1910.

It’s a past Williams concealed until near the end of his life, said Bradlee. ”He was ashamed.”

After his sensational 1939 rookie year, Williams returned to San Diego to find around 20 of his Mexican-Americans relatives waiting for him at the train station. Williams took one look at them and fled.

Bradlee, who was among those interviewed for the film and who found some of Williams’ cousins, said the family remained proud of his on-the-field achievements.

”But you can see they were a little bit hurt that he had shunned them,” Bradlee said.

In the film, daughter Claudia Williams said she would sometimes ask her father about his mother. But he refused to talk about her, or his past, she said.


the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 July 2018 18:38 (one year ago) link

What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?

Regarded as perhaps the finest piece of sportswriting on record, the furious saga of Teddy Ballgame — from boy to man and near death — is an unmatchable remembrance for an American icon.

from 1986, and worth reading

mookieproof, Thursday, 19 July 2018 18:40 (one year ago) link

I have to finish that later (maybe i read it in '86?) but damn that Ted was a shrinking violet.

I like "bush" as a derisive noun, sans "leaguer."

the ignatius rock of ignorance (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 19 July 2018 18:58 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

born 100 years ago today

mookieproof, Thursday, 30 August 2018 17:27 (ten months ago) link

i will not tip my cap today in his honor

a Mets fan who gave up on everything in the mid '80s (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 30 August 2018 19:31 (ten months ago) link

How was the documentary? Gotta add that one to my viewing list.

NoTimeBeforeTime, Sunday, 9 September 2018 07:57 (ten months ago) link

seven months pass...

Debuted 80 years ago today: 1-4 against Red Ruffing. DiMaggio, Gehrig, Foxx, Grove, Dickey, Joe Cronin, Bobby Doerr, and Joe Gordon also playing. 30,278 people there--not a bad day at the park.


clemenza, Saturday, 20 April 2019 22:53 (three months ago) link

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