"AN HOUR OF TED"
Here are two rare films on probably the greatest pure hitter in baseball history: Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox. Now both available on video for the first time ever, these films provide both a look at Williams during the memorable year of 1946, and a 1970 reflection by Ted himself on a career as outstanding and colorful as any in major league history. In addition, there's a short capsule of the highlights of Williams' career, including his winning homer in the 1941 All-Star Game, his "One Man Show" at Fenway in 1946, and his final home run in his last big league at-bat in front of the home fans in 1960.
First seen on this new one hour video is the 25-minute B & W film "Ted Williams - Swing King". Produced in 1946, it shows Ted in action during the Red Sox' pennant-winning season. Williams is shown in the Red Sox clubhouse preparing his favorite bat for use during a game. Ted demonstrates his grip and good batting form during a special batting session in empty Fenway Park, 1946. Some shots are in slow motion, and you'll see Ted using his home-made batting tee made from a plunger! Much of this film shows a "game" at Fenway vs the St. Louis Browns and highlights each of Ted's four at-bats in the game, in which he goes 4 for 4 with two doubles and a homer! You'll see great shots of Fenway Park as it looked in 1946, as well as manager Joe Cronin and Ted's teammates Wally Moses, Johnny Pesky, Dom DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr and Rudy York during the game in which Boo Ferris is the starting pitcher. The last 4 1/2 minutes of the film are spent explaining and diagramming Lou Boudreau's famous "Williams Shift".
Following the short capsule of Williams' career is the second film on Ted, produced in 1970 during the time he worked for Sears Roebuck & Company. In this COLOR film "My Name Is Ted Williams", Ted himself traces his career as an athlete, sportsman and Marine. Hosted by Tom Harmon, himself a legendary figure on the football field and behind the microphone, the film is an interview with Ted, made for television, in which Ted talks about himself, his battles with the press, his early years, military service and some of the legendary "incidents" which have helped make him one of baseball's most colorful figures. Harmon visits with Ted, who is fishing off the Florida Keys. Williams talks frankly, including comments about being named 1969 A.L. "Manager Of The Year", his homer off Rip Sewell's 'Blooper' pitch, and his thoughts on the greatest players of his time, including Bob Feller, Lefty Grove, Joe DiMaggio, Stan Musial, Jimmy Foxx, Charlie Gehringer, etc. Testimonials on Ted are also given by other former players such as Feller and Lou Boudreau. In this film Ted reveals, perhaps for the first time ever, a possible reason for his poor showing in the 1946 World Series. The film concludes with Ted discussing his relationship with Sears as head of the Sears Sports Advisory Staff. "My Name Is Ted Williams" is the film documentary of a man with desire and a dream. It reveals how he fulfilled both.
Now you can get your own copy of both of these films, now available on video for the first time, for only $29.95 plus $5.00 shipping. (Illinois residents add $2.00 sales tax.) You'll get your tape within a week!
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