Wednesday, August 10, 2005

45 Years Ago Today: Ted Williams announced his retirement

My favorite Williams anecdote was told in one of Ron Luchiano’s books. While managing the Senators Williams was in the umpire’s dressing room talking with the umpires. When President Nixon walks in un-announced to shake hands, and pat backs which apparently he did once in a while. He says hello and makes the rounds. When he gets to Williams he looks him in the eye, and before Nixon can say anything Williams says “how the fuck are you”, Nixon without a missing a beat, says “not bad you old son of a bitchThe umps look on sheepishly; Nixon turns to them and says “it’s all right I’ve met the bastard before”.