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Ted Williams: "The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived" 

Ted Williams, the iconic Hall of Fame hitter, fighter pilot and fisherman, will have his life profiled in the renowned American Masters Documentary series on PBS in a documentary that will premiere in the summer of 2018.

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Nick Davis

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Nick Davis
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Roger Angell Roger Angell
Stu Apte Stu Apte
Wade Boggs
Ben Bradlee Jr.
Bob Costas
Emily DiMaggio Emily DiMaggio
Joe DiMaggio ... (archive footage)
Dick Enberg
Jack Fisher Jack Fisher
Dick Flavin Dick Flavin
Jon Hamm ... Narrator
Jim Kaat Jim Kaat
Willie McCovey
Leigh Montville Leigh Montville
Peter Sutton Peter Sutton

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Ted Williams, the iconic Hall of Fame hitter, fighter pilot and fisherman, will have his life profiled in the renowned American Masters Documentary series on PBS in a documentary that will premiere in the summer of 2018, the 100th anniversary of the Splendid Splinter's birth. Williams will be the first baseball player to be profiled with an American Masters documentary. The series started in 1986 and has won 28 Emmy Awards. David Ortiz's company -- Big Papi Productions -- is helping to co-produce the film along with Major League Baseball, Albert M. Tapper and Nick Davis Productions.

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Extremely well made...but it's missing something.
17 August 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Ted Williams: "The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived"" is a very enjoyable installment of "American Masters"...one I highly recommend you see. It's certainly a warts and all biography...with a lot of negative information about this great man that some fans might not want to know...but which were a part of this highly flawed hero.

The show talks about Williams' career...and you knew it would. But it also talked about him off the field--his attitude, his stubbornness, his nastiness that made up the man. And, likewise, it talked about the little things he did that he refused to publicize...the admirable things he did to help sick kids and ball players down on their luck. Essentially, the show makes him sound like a guy who might have wanted to be be loved or lovable but simply didn't know how, as he never learned from his terrible parents how to love. It's all rather sad...and, at times, inspirational...and I know that's an odd combination!

So why didn't I give this show a 10? Well, it seemed VERY odd that while talking about his career, it NEVER mentioned him as a coach....the head coach of the old Washington Senators and a batting coach for the Red Sox. How could a show about Williams NOT mention this? Also, if I had made the film, I would have excised the distasteful cryogenics portion (after all, it was a big hubbub AFTER he was dead) and instead talk about him as a coach?? An odd omission.


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23 July 2018 (USA) See more »

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