Ted Williams (1918?2002) was a paradox. His cool, controlled, and patient attitude while at the plate was incongruous with his explosive, unpredictable temper out of the batter?s box. With a swing that was both admired and feared, Williams has been called the greatest hitter of the last half of the twentieth century and was perhaps the greatest left-handed hitter of all time. In this biography Michael Seidel explores the complexities of the mercurial personality and amazing career of the near-mythic ?Splendid Splinter.? Ac With the death of Williams in the summer of 2002, baseball lost one of its true greats. Yet controversy continued to surround Williams in death as news of a bizarre family dispute over the fate of Williams?s body captivated the country. In a new foreword to this edition, the author discusses the odd events surrounding the ballplayer?s death and their significance to the legend of Ted Williams.Joe Cronin tried to head off the encounter, but Williams, partly in fun and partly in earnest, said, aquot;Where is the fellow? ... He invited Ted and Doris to Mexico for a visit, even offering to put $250, 000 down on the table as a bond against Williamsa#39;s salary. ... He signed Vern Stephens of the St. Louis Browns to a five- year contract with Veracruz, with enough up-front money to put more than his yearly Browna#39;s salary in the ... This upset Jorge Pasquel even more than the reserve clause did.
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