Ted Williams has passed away.
ESPN.com has had its story ready for some time. Boston.com is in the midst of putting together a section in honor of Ted. It has articles from the Globe archives there are worth reading. Eddie Andelman, who had the day off from WWZN, called in to talk about Ted. One of the only members of the media to have actually watched Williams extensively as he played, Andelman had a lot of memories and was clearly emotional over the topic.
TV stations broke into their noon newscasts to cover the story and WHDH channel 7 had extended coverage, breaking into Wimbledon coverage to provide a phone interview with Dom Dimaggio. Highlights from Ted’s career were shown through the interview.
Tiger’s Broadcaster Ernie Harwell appeared on WWZN to talk about Ted. Called him the epitome of manliness. Everything he did, he did full out. Remembers the days when he wasn’t the most popular guy in town, but he matured over the years and became the icon he was. Recalled the time Ted and Joe Dimaggio were nearly traded for each other while the owners of the Red Sox and Yankees were drinking. Yawkey woke up the next day and realized it wasn’t such a good idea. Steve Burton who was co-hosting didn’t seem to know about this episode, or else he was aiming for emphasis on the story, asking “They were nearly traded for each other?”
Bobby Doerr was on the McDonough group, extremely engaging and full of stories about Ted. Will Mcdonough recalled Ted’s becoming a beloved figure during and after his stint as manager of the Washington Senators.
Shaughnessy appeared on SportsCenter coverage of the Fenway ceremonies tonight. Dan was appropriately somber and reflective on Ted’s passing. He remembered the ’99 ASG and when all the Players of the Century were huddled around Ted and the PA announcer had to request that the all century players please leave the field.
NECN is running an hour-long show on Ted Williams’ passing at 8:00. Many current and former Sox are being interviewed. Nomar was shown being interviewed earlier today, and was in tears, reflecting on talking hitting with Ted.