As some of you know I have to do a report on Ted Williams for school. This report isn’t just about his life. My teacher gave us a list of traits that are person showed and I chose caring and risk-taking. Please comment on any suggestions you have for it. Thanks Bob.
A True American Hero
Ty Cobb, Rogers Hornsby, Ed Delahanty, Tris Speaker, and Billy Hamilton are the only baseball players with a higher batting average then Ted Williams. Williams’ batting average could have been even higher had he not been called into the army. Besides playing baseball and being in the army he was also a baseball manager, a world class angler, a hunter, and campaigned for the Jimmy Fund, a charity for cancer. Ted Williams could have been the most risk-taking and caring baseball player ever.
Ted Williams as a kid had a poor, tough life, but that eventually changed for the better. Williams was born as Theodore Samuel Williams on August 30, 1918, in San Diego, California. Williams’ dad was a sheriff and once arrested his brother for selling all the furniture in his house. Williams played all of his 19 seasons in major league baseball with the Boston Red Sox, where his career stats and awards included a .344 batting average, 521 home runs, 2,654 hits, 1,839 RBI’s, two American League MVP, 17 all-star selections, and two batting triple crowns. From May 1944 to November 1945 Ted was in World War II and from August 1942 to April 1944 he was in military training to join the Navy as a fighter pilot. Nearly eight years later Williams was called into the Korean war where he spent almost two years. In 1966 he made the baseball hall of fame with 282 votes out of 302, 93.38% of the vote and had his number, 9 retired by the Boston Red Sox. Later in his life Williams started fishing and hunting and became a world class angler. On July 5,2002 he died a day after the Forth of July and a day before the major league baseball all-star game. Ted Williams’ life got much better and if it didn’t he wouldn’t be the true American hero he is today.
Ted Williams is a huge risk-taker because he was in the army. I believe a risk-taker is someone who enters and does different things and or tasks with courage and bravery doing it. They also strongly defend in what they believe in. Ted Williams was in the Navy as a fighter pilot which is a huge risk to do. Williams was in two wars, World War II and the Korean War, which is another gigantic risk. He won 13 awards for his outstanding military work. I believe anyone in the army is a huge risk-taker.
Ted Williams was naturally caring, mostly to kids. I think a caring person is someone who respects others finds ways to make someone’s life better. Williams was caring because he campaigned for the Jimmy Fund Foundation, a charity for cancer. Williams would make bedside trips to sick kids in the hospital with cancer. Williams was so caring that there is a statue outside of Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox with him taking of his hat and putting it on a kid. Ted Williams was a caring person to every kid he saw.
Ted Williams was a risk-taker with a caring nature. If Williams had not taken risks, he might not have been so successful in life. Although he won many baseball, military, and fishing awards he didn’t let that go to his head and served and helped others. He showed he cared about others and a result, even though he has been dead for a several years, People still care about Ted Williams today.
“Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer”
– Ted Williams