American Masters: Ted Williams

American Masters: Ted Williams

Mon, 07/23/2018 - 9:00pm - 10:00pm

Picture: Ted Williams of the Red Sox

Credit: WNET

American Masters: Ted Williams airing Monday, July 23, 2018 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV, is a new documentary about Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams.

The film honors Williams’ centennial (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002). This is the first time American Masters has profiled a baseball player.

“A major American cultural figure whose story has never been properly told, Ted Williams is a fitting first,” said Michael Kantor, American Masters series executive producer. “This film will reveal the man behind the legendary .406 batting average: complex, misunderstood and profoundly human.”

To fans, the Boston Red Sox player was baseball’s Peter Pan: the eternal ‘Kid’ who combined preternatural gifts with a fierce work ethic to become one of the greatest hitters who ever lived. Serving as a flight instructor in World War II and a decorated combat pilot in the Korean War, Williams was also a fly-fishing expert.

Lesser known was how he was driven by shame over his Mexican-American background, humiliation over his father’s weakness, and a deep rage over his mother’s virtual abandonment of him and his younger brother. American Masters: Ted Williams will reveal the star player’s complicated relationships with his family, teammates, press, fans and himself. Through in-depth interviews with those who knew him best, the documentary will demonstrate the power of the heroic myth-making culture in which Williams flourished.

American Masters: Ted Williams will also look at the impact the iconic hitter has had on the current generation of stars in Major League Baseball. Superstars like Kris Bryant, Daniel Murphy and Josh Donaldson have credited Williams’ methods to hitting as guides in their own approach today. 

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