January 12, 2012

Ted Williams, 1940: "If I Were a Free Agent, I'd Sign With The Dodgers"

In August 1940, Ted Williams was still 21 years old and in his second season with the Boston Red Sox. And he was thinking about how much he'd be loved in Brooklyn.
Thanks to Larry Granillo at Baseball Prospectus for posting the article from the August 20, 1940 edition of the Dubuque (Iowa) Telegraph-Herald.

6 comments:

Brooklyn Trolley Blogger said...

A hero? We would have made him Emperor of the Borough of Kings. We already had the Duke of Flatbush. We'd still be talking about how Ted hit baseballs over the quirky right field wall and on to Bedford Avenue. Fugheddaboudit!

Jere said...

That Eddie Brietz guy seems very gossipy. Look at all his other columns from '40-'41 before he drops off the face of the news search. He loved talking about Ted's clashes with the Boston media and citing rumors. Called him "Theodore, the problem child" once.

I'm not saying he made up the Brooklyn thing--hell, I'd play for the Mets if it meant I got to live in NYC (only if the Red Sox turned me down, of course)--I'm just saying who knows what this Brietz was smokin'.

laura k said...

He loved talking about Ted's clashes with the Boston media and citing rumors. Called him "Theodore, the problem child" once.

Could be the TSW equivalent of MUMS. MUTS?

allan said...

The way the Boston press went after TSW made the way they treated Manny look like how we feel about the 2004 team.

laura k said...

And the press was omnipotent then, no way for fans to bypass their mediation.

johngoldfine said...

I was certainly raised to despise TSW and to understand that the feeling was mutual.