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Last, but certainly not least, the Mitchell & Ness fantasy baseball team needs an outfield. Who are your top 3 outfielders in MLB history? Remember your selections must have retired before 2000.

 

Hank Aaron

Mickey Mantle

Ted Williams

Frank Robinson

Roberto Clemente

Willie Mays

Joe DiMaggio

Richie Ashburn

Stan Musial

Reggie Jackson

March 31, 2011 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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Ted Williams, Hitting Coach

From the 1980's through the 90's, the Red Sox would bring Ted Williams to spring training as one of their hitting coaches.  All coaches were issued mesh jerseys at that time.  We hadn't really thought about that until we saw one of Ted's jerseys for sale in an auction book.  So, we decided to re-create it.

Available soon.

 

February 25, 2011 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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On This Date In History...

                          

On July 9, 1976, Thomas Yawkey passed away.  Tom Yawkey was the owner of the Boston Red Sox for 44 years, longer than any other owner in baseball history.  It seems baseball was in his blood -- Yawkey was the nephew and adopted son of Detroit Tigers owner Bill Yawkey.  In 1933, at age 30, Tom purchased the struggling team for $1.5 miliion and dedicated the majority of his life, as well as his finances, to the Red Sox.  He was determined to bring a championship to Boston.

Yawkey hired Eddie Collins, his longtime friend, as general manager with the goal to bring as much talent as possible to the Red Sox to help turn the team around.  He also spent another $1.5 million to refurbish Fenway Park, which had started to become dilapidated over the years. Yawkey and Collins worked together to bring some amazing talent to the Red Sox -- Rick Ferrell, Joe Cronin, Lefty Grove, Jimmie Foxx, Bobby Doerr, and Ted Williams. Under Yawkey's ownership, the Red Sox brought home pennants in 1946, 1967, and 1975, however, they never won a World Series.

Yawkey was well liked among the players and was greatly respected by his peers in the baseball world. Joe Cronin once said that Yawkey "was not only the team owner, he was the team's No.1 fan."  Yawkey served as American League vice president between 1956 and 1973.  His passion for baseball and the Red Sox was undeniable.  After Tom passed away in 1976, his widow, Jean, took over ownership of the Red Sox until her death in February 1992.  On March 12, 1980, four years after his death, Yawkey was elected into the Hall of Fame.  He became the first person to be elected into the Hall of Fame who had never been a player, manager, or general manager. 

"I never look back. I love baseball and you have to be patient and take the good with the bad.  After all, it's only a game." - Thomas Yawkey

In the photo below, Red Sox slugger Ted Williams is shown as he signed his 1956 Red Sox contract alongside Tom Yawkey. This contract was estimated to be for $110,000, the highest in the history of baseball at that time. 

               

July 9, 2010 | E-mail | Comments (1) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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Life Long Teammates and Friends

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.

 

 

June 23, 2010 | E-mail | Comments (0) | Comment RSSRSS comment feed

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The Splendid Splinter

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.

Red Sox 1939 Ted Williams

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