Ted was ready to go!
His first stop was here,
At the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of fame, in Hernando Florida.
The museum first opened it’s doors in February of 1994 and this was their purpose:
Located in Hernando, Florida in Citrus County, a few blocks from where Ted Williams himself lived during his later years, the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame is the first Museum ever dedicated, at the time, to a living athlete. While ranked as the number one tourist attraction in Citrus County, the Museum’s goal is to preserve and build on the rich tradition and heritage of our national pastime — baseball. The Museum’s mission is one of outreach and education. The Museum could never operate but for the enormous assistance of a dedicated corps of volunteers who make all the difference. It is a true “labor of love” for the many who have helped the Museum since it first opened in February of 1994.
What this Museum is all about is best described in Ted’s own words; “Through the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame, we hope to build a lasting monument, an architectural tribute to what I think is the single most difficult thing in all of sports: hitting a baseball. We hope the Museum will become a place millions of baseball fans will visit and enjoy for generations to come. I hope you’ll join us as we transform our dreams into reality.”
Through the years, the museum expanded and added a category called the Wall of Great Achievement. This was a pitcher’s category. The 2003 ceremonies would include the inductions of: Wade Boggs, Dom DiMaggio, Tony Gwynn, Pete Rose and believe it or not Ted Williams into the Hitters Hall of Fame and the induction upon the Wall of Great Achievement for Luis Tiant and Smokey Joe Wood.
However without question the highlight of this day was to be the dedication of the Ted Williams Statue. Franc asked me to join him and his lovely wife Dottie at the ceremonies.
My reaction? Pinch me!
to be continued…..
And so it was at this time in Fenway Park history, autumn, 2003.