“Though we thumped, wept, and chanted ‘We want Ted’ for minutes after he hid in the dugout, he did not come back. Our noise for some seconds passed beyond excitement into a kind of immense open anguish, a wailing, a cry to be saved. But immortality is nontransferable. The papers said that the other players, and even the umpires on the field, begged him to come out and acknowledge us in some way, but he refused. Gods do not answer letters.” – John Updike

When Franc Talarico’s vision of Ted Williams was realized, the next step was to turn his two foot high maquette into an eight and half-foot statue of bronze. All this would take place at a Bronzart in Sarasota Florida. And Franc’s attentions now turned from his studio to the foundry where he would pop in to see how Ted was coming along.

Fine tuning the image.

Note the book on the stool. 

 

Note behind Ted the little boy who will receive his cap.

As is so often the case, in life, in work, in art, while Ted was being transformed into bronze, the project was developing yet another life.  For back in Boston, Mayor Thomas Menino, a long time Red Sox and Ted Williams fan was talking about a statue of Ted. The new ownership was both eager and enthusiastic and their enthusiasm led them to Franc Talarico. Franc called me and asked me if I would like to come along to the foundry as he had to meet some people from the Red Sox. It took me about a milli-second to answer and the following afternoon we were there with;

Janet Marie Smith, the architect who rebuilt Fenway Park.

Paul Hanlon who worked in her office and is now the Red Sox director of ballpark developement. 

and Billy Klaus who played with Ted from 1955-1958. 

The Red Sox ownership  wanted Billy’s input on the likeness of Ted. They wanted it to be true and when Billy gave it the thumbs up, Bronzart now had two statues to produce. One for the Ted Williams Museum in Lecanto and one for Fenway Park. And my glorious ride was getting better and better…..

to be continued…..

   And so it was at this time in Fenway Park history, immortalizing Ted

                                                                2002-2004.

    

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Hello and welcome, my name is Raymond Sinibaldi. An educator for more than two decades, a baseball fan for nearly 60 years, I have authored four books about baseball and her glorious history; with a fifth on the way in late spring of 2015; the first, The Babe in Red Stockings which was co-authored with Kerry Keene and David Hickey. It is a chronicle of Babe's days with the Red Sox. We also penned a screenplay about Babe's Red Sox days so if any of you are Hollywood inclined or would like to represent us in forwarding that effort feel free to contact me through my email. In 2012 we three amigos published Images of Fenway Park in honor of the 100th birthday of Fenway Park. That led to the creation of this blog. The following year, 2013 came my first solo venture, Spring Training in Bradenton and Sarasota. This is a pictorial history of spring training in those two Florida cities. The spring of 2014 brought forth the 1967 Red Sox, The Impossible Dream Season. The title speaks for itself and it also is a pictorial history. Many of the photos in this book were never published before. The spring of 2015 will bring 1975 Red Sox, American League Champions. Another pictorial effort, this will be about the Red Sox championship season of 1975 and the World Series that restored baseball in America. I was fortunate enough to consult with sculptor Franc Talarico on the “Jimmy Fund” statue of Ted Williams which stands outside both Fenway Park and Jet Blue Park Fenway South, in Fort Myers Florida. That story is contained in the near 300 posts which are contained herein. This blog has been dormant for awhile but 2015 will bring it back to life so jump on board, pass the word and feel free to contact me about anything you read or ideas you may have for a topic. Thanks for stopping by, poke around and enjoy. Autographed copies of all my books are available here, simply click on Raymond Sinibaldi and email me.
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