Monthly Archives: December 2011

“There are many beautiful statues of Ted Williams….But Franc captured something that nobody else ever has, when I look into the face of his statue, I see my Dad.” Claudia Williams.

I will never forget the look on the face of Claudia Williams when she said those words to me through eyes brimming with tears. Could an artist receive any greater tribute? “Franc has captured something nobody else ever has”. It was … Continue reading

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“It is a classic Greek pose which I chose because it’s almost like a warrior with a club and yet with a sensitivity…” Franc Talarico

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 … Continue reading

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“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 … Continue reading

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“The best artist has that thought alone which is contained within the marble shell, the sculptor’s hand can only break the spell to free the figures slumbering in the stone.” Michaleangelo

It was now time for Franc to educate me and my education began with the explanation of what is called a maquette. No, no it’s not that college in Wisconsin that was once an NCAA basketball power. It’s a small … Continue reading

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“He inspired young ballplayers across the Nation for decades, and we will always remember his persistence on the field and his courage off the field. Ted (Williams) gave baseball some of its best seasons-and he gave his own best seasons to his country.” President George W Bush

The “Jimmy Fund” had its beginnings in 1948 when the Variety Club of New England teamed with the Boston Braves to help a 12-year-old cancer patient from Maine who was known as simply, “Jimmy”. Millions tuned in on their radios to listen … Continue reading

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“I need you to help me come to know Ted Williams.” Franc Talarico

Tis the season to interject a little Santa at Fenway! Santa? Is that you? I know, I know, you’re thinking what does Santa have to do with Fenway Park?  Well, believe it or not, it’s not Santa! It’s Franc, Franc … Continue reading

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“Gino Cannoli, his real name is Gino Cannoli. You didn’t know that? He’s really Italian!” Robert A MacCormack to a little boy at Fenway Park, Memorial Day 1961

On December 15, 1960 the Red Sox announced that they had made a trade; Frank Sullivan was on his way to Philly and Gene Conley was heading to Fenway Park to ply his trade. On paper it looked like a wash, Sullivan was … Continue reading

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