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Today marks a historical day in United States soccer history. When Landon Donovan knocked home the game winning goal in the 91st minute of today’s United States vs. Algeria World Cup match, it marked the first time that the United States had won its Preliminary Group since 1930. With the victory, the United States has secured its position in the Round of 16 and will play it’s next match on Saturday, June 26th against Ghana, who finished second in Group D after losing to Germany earlier today.
With it’s match against Ghana, the United States has a chance to not only advance to the Quarter Finals, but to also beat the same team that prevented it from advancing to the Round of 16 in the ’06 World Cup. In 2006, in it’s 3rd and final match of the World Cup, the United States could have finished second in it’s group with a win over Ghana and therefore advance out of the preliminary round, however Ghana proved to be too much for the Americans and lost by a score of 2-1. Hopefully the sting of that loss still resonates with some of the U.S. players and the United States can use that as motivation to continue its pursuit for the most coveted championship trophy in all of sports.
Congrats to the United States Soccer Team!
On June 9th at Fenway Park The Red Sox unveiled a statue dedicated to the decades long friendship between four teammates and Hall of Famers. The bond between them would last long past their time spent together as Red Sox. They were brought together by a team, bonded through serving their country during a war and learned the secret of life through the death of a friend. Their names were Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky & Bobby Doerr.
When Ted Williams fell very ill Pesky and Dom journied with Boston media icon Dick Flavin to spend time with their friend. Bobby could not make the two and a half day care ride with his friends because he was with his wife who had just taken a stroke. David Halberstam's classic "The Teammates: Portrait of a Friendship"chronicles the journey of Pesky and DiMaggio to visit Williams in his final days.
The dedication that is inscribed on plaque on the Teammates statue:
- They came to Boston from the West Coast -- 2B Bobby Doerr from Los Angeles Calif. in 1937; LF Ted Williams from San Diego, Calif. in 1939; CF Dominic DiMaggio from San Francisco in 1940; and SS Johnny Pesky from Portland, Ore. in 1942.
- They were Red Sox teammates for seven seasons, but best friends for a lifetime. In total, they played for the Red Sox for 52 seasons and have over 150 years of service with the Red Sox organization.
- They served their country in World War II, a total of 11 years.
- They led the Red Sox to a record of 653 wins vs. 424 losses for a .606 pct. during their time together.
- They sparked the Red Sox to 104 wins and the American League championship in 1946.
- They were American League All-Star selections 36 times.
- They were masters of their positions on the field.
- They are all in the Red Sox Hall of Fame, and Ted and Bobby are also in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
- They left an unmatched legacy in Red Sox history.
- They are immortalized in David Halberstam's poignant 2003 book, The Teammates, A Portrait of Friendship.
- To Red Sox fans the world over, they are simply known as Bobby, Ted, Dom, and Johnny.
Ted Williams had many nicknames Teddy Ballgame, The Kid, Thumper and "The Splendid Splinter," which he earned for, among other reasons, his accurate and fluid bat swing. Below is video footage of Ted Williams. Even in scatchy black and white video you can why he was deserving of such a name.
Ted Williams was discovered,along with Bobby Doerr by Red Sox manager Eddie Collins in 1936 on a scouting trip to view Pacific Coast League prospects. Little did Collins know, he was signing two future Hall of Famers. 1939 would mark the beginning of Ted Williams legendary career with the Red Sox. Williams was a consistent hitter and in 1941 he picked up his first triple crown. In 1946 when Fenway played host to the 1946 All-Star Game, Williams went 4-for4 with 2 home runs and 5 RBI. Then in 1947 Ted won a 2nd Triple Crown. Earning 2 MVPs, 2 Triple Crowns, 4 RBI titles, 4 home run titles and 4 batting titles in eight seasons of Major League baseball, Williams established himself as one of the greatest players in baseball by the end of the 1940s.
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