Of Hall of Famers, Superstars, a High School Baseball Team and Giving Back…..

On Saturday night at Tropicana Field, the past mingled with the present and looked to the future as the Ted Williams Foundation along with David Price’s Project One Four Foundation gathered to honor this years inductees to the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame. Also honored was a group of individuals who are near and dear to me, the Venice High School Baseball team.

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The Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame was founded by Sam Tamposi and Gerald Nash and first opened its doors in 1994. It was the first museum to honor a living person and quickly expanded to include the Ted Williams Hitters Hall of Fame! It was the Splendid Splinter’s passion for hitting which fueled this idea. Ted articulated his vision and hope for this unique aspect of an already unique idea. “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.”

http://www.tedwilliamsmuseum.com/aboutus/twm_history.html

Ted Williams, Baseball, Boston Red Sox

Originally located in Hernando Florida, this sleepy little central Florida community became baseball’s focal point each February as baseball and other sports luminaries gathered to pay homage to Ted’s chosen ones.

Following Ted’s passing, the museum floundered and finally had to close its Hernando doors. However through the tireless efforts of the museum’s executive director Dave McCarthy and the generosity and vision of the Tampa Bay Rays ownership, the Museum and Hall of Fame found a home and is flourishing once again.

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Ted Williams Museum Executive Director Dave McCarthy at the podium Saturday night at Tropicana Field.

Joining with Cy Young Award winner David Price and his One Four Foundation, for the second year, the spirit of relationships and giving back, which was embodied in Ted himself, was palpable throughout the evening.

http://project14.org/

As each inductee took to the podium, to a man they spoke about relationships. Relationships cultivated in a big league clubhouse, on baseball diamonds throughout the country and indeed beyond. From the stirring introduction of Lou Pinella from Ray Negron of the New York Yankees to David Price’s unabashed tribute to his now former teammate and forever friend James Shields, the night screamed of relationships forged, nurtured and cherished.

And the tone of the evening was about giving back and in so doing investing in the future, our kids!

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So it was with great pride that I listened to Rays announcer and the evening’s MC Dewayne Staats acknowledge the 2012 7A State Champion Venice High School Baseball team. “The motto of the Venice High School Baseball team is excellence on and off the field” he began and he spoke of their ‘highest GPA of any public school team in Florida’s 7A division, their work as reading mentors and with the Little League Challenger Program. And for one last time a special group of young men and those who guide them savored a moment in time in their young lives, a moment shared with the games all time greats, and the  superstar pitcher of today. A superstar pitcher who too is driven to excellence on and off the field.

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http://site.venicehighschoolbaseball.com/

Saturday night at Tropicana Field the past mingled with the present and looked toward the future. Ahhhh, May I Hope!

Funny how it all keeps coming back to relationships.

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About fenwaypark100

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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