Besides being known as a veteran of two wars, an accomplished hunter and a skilled fisherman, Ted Williams is also known for being an iconic baseball player and manager, who played his entire 21-year Major League Baseball career as the left fielder for the Boston Red Sox. Now, the Baseball fans and sports memorabilia collectors can own a piece of a baseball history by showing up at Fenway Park this Saturday on 28th April, as the splendid splinter’s family is auctioning off ‘The Ted Williams Collection.’ Documenting Ted William’s versatile life, this is the first major auction of his military, sports and personal memorabilia.
A sports memorabilia auction company based in Exton, PA, Hunt Auction Inc. is selling the memorabilia on behalf of Ted William’s daughter, Claudia Williams. This historic live auction event will feature the sale of Baseball Hall of Fame member’s 800 personal items. Fans of legendary Red Sox slugger flocked at the preview of the collection held this Friday at the world’s oldest baseball park and home field of Boston Red Sox, the only team that Ted William played for during his 1939-1960 Major League Career.
Some notable highlights of the collection include a baseball in immaculate condition that the legendary Babe Ruth personally signed for Williams with the inscription stating ‘To my pal Ted Williams, From Babe Ruth’. This exclusive baseball is expected to fetch a price between $100,000 and $200,000. Some of the other items include is William's 1949 Most Valuable Player Award with a pre-sale estimation price between $150,000 and $250,000, his 1956 American League Batting Champion Silver Slugger Award, a silver bat for winning the AL batting championship in 1957 is valued between $100,000 and $200,000, along with several bats and jerseys that the baseball star used.
Auctioneer Hunt Auction Inc. also said that the 10-year anniversary of Ted Williams' death at the age of 83 and ongoing 100th anniversary celebrations of famous Fenway Park provided an ideal auction timing. However, the auction of the collection will be held on Saturday, and some of the proceeds will benefit The Jimmy Fund, a prestigious charity which is forever affiliated with Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for which the William helped raise money during his lifetime.
Regarded as the greatest Red Sox Player of all times, Williams was the last major league hitter to bat .400. He enjoyed a diverse life, including as a member of the fishing hall of fame, a skilled hunter and as a U.S. Marine in World War II and the Korean War. Ted also flew a total of 39 combat missions in Korea and also took enemy fire for three times, including during an fatal encounter that actually forced him to land his seriously stricken jet on its belly.