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Baseball legend Williams dies at 83

Ted Williams (1918-2002)

McAdam: A special relationship

Gammons: He could smell the wood burn

Caple: Teddy Ballgame did things his way

Kurkjian: The game's best hitter

Ted Williams' career statistics

What they're saying about Ted Williams

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Murray: Call Williams, unpredictable

Ted Williams, the last player to hit .400, dies at 83

 Remembering Ted
ESPN's Peter Gammons looks back at the life of Ted Williams.

Wednesday, November 19, 2003
ESPN Classic remembers Ted Williams

Ted Williams, the last player to hit .400 and an inspiration to all those who have tried ever since, died July 5 in Florida at the age of 83. ESPN Classic will celebrate Williams' career with a special 24-hour tribute from noon ET Wednesday until noon ET Thursday.

Ted Williams
Williams spits into the air as he crosses the plate after hitting his 400th homer.
In a playing career that spanned four decades with the Red Sox and was interrupted by two military tours of duty, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Splendid Splinter hit .344 with 521 home runs, 1,839 RBI, 2,019 walks, a slugging percentage of .634 that remains second to only Babe Ruth's .690, and an on-base percentage of .483 that is second to no one.

ESPN Classic
Ted Williams 24-Hour Tribute
Wednesday, July 10 - Thursday, July 11

12 p.m. - Firestone Chats: Ted Williams (also 4:30 a.m. Thursday)

12:30 - The Sports Challenge: Celtics vs. Senators (also 5 a.m. Thursday)

1 p.m. - 1999 MLB All-Star Game (also 5:30 a.m. Thursday)

3 p.m. - 1954 Boston Red Sox (also 7:30 a.m. Thursday)

3:30 p.m. - Greats of the Game: Ted Williams (also 8 a.m. Thursday)

4 p.m. - 1955 Boston Red Sox (also 8:30 a.m. Thursday)

4:30 p.m. - Greatest Sports Legends: Ted Williams (also 9 a.m. Thursday)

5 p.m. - 1956 Boston Red Sox (also 9:30 a.m. Thursday)

5:30 p.m. - Swing King: Ted Williams (also 10 a.m. Thursday)

6 p.m. - 1957 Boston Red Sox (also 10:30 a.m. Thursday)

6:30 p.m. - Up Close Classics: Ted Williams (also 11 a.m. Thursday)

7 p.m. - WBZ-TV Sports Final: Ted Williams, Bobby Orr & Larry Bird (also 3:30 a.m. Thursday)

8 p.m. - SportsCentury: Ted Williams (also 12 a.m.Thursday)

9 p.m. - Baseball Tonight Special Report: Ted Williams (also 1 a.m. Thursday)

9:30 p.m. - Weekly Outside the Lines (also 1:30 a.m. Thursday)

10 p.m. - Legend to Legend: Ted Williams, Tony Gwynn and Bob Costas (also 11:30 a.m. Thursday)

10:30 p.m. - The Fishin' Hole with Jerry McKinnis: Ted Williams & Bob Knight (also 2 a.m. Thursday)

11 p.m. - Ted Williams' 20 Greatest Hitters (also 2:30 a.m. Thursday)

What They're Saying about Ted Williams

Former astronaut and U.S. Senator John Glenn, who Williams flew with the Korean War:
"There was no one more dedicated to this country and more proud to serve his country than Ted Williams."

President George W. Bush:
"With the passing of Ted Williams, America has lost a baseball legend."

Hall of Famer Willie Mays:
"Ted Williams was a great friend. He spent time talking to me about hitting, even though he played on another team. I'm very, very sorry to hear of his passing. I think that his son, John Henry, will have to be strong. Ted would want it that way. This is a great loss."

Former Cincinnati Reds second baseman and ESPN baseball analyst Joe Morgan:
"Ted was like John Wayne. He was a man's man. As a Hall of Famer, every time you went to the Hall of Fame, you wanted Ted to be there, as it put the stamp of approval on your being there."

Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto:
"I am truly heartbroken. We have lost another ballplayer, another great person. Ted Williams was one of the most exciting players I ever saw. Unbelievable. And, when I was just a rookie in 1941, he took me under his wing. After he hit a double one day, he called timeout and told me, 'Kid, you've got a chance to play for the Yankees for a long time, so bear down.'"

Former Red Sox and current New York Yankees pitcher Roger Clemens:
"This is very disappointing news. I will miss him. I remember the first couple of years in the majors being intimidated by him and I've always been in awe of him. A good memory that I remember of him, is one time he told me if he faced me, he would look for my slider. He said, 'Because I sure know I can hit your fastball.'"

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Sean Casey:
"I have his book on hitting and every offseason, I read that book. What stands out is his tone, the way he talked: 'Hey, I know how to hit and this is how to hit.' When you read that book, you feel Ted Williams is talking to you."

Former Yankees catcher Yogi Berra:
"Nobody was more loyal, generous, courageous, more respected than Ted. He sacrificed his life and career for his country. But he became what he always wanted to be -- the greatest hitter ever."

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