Monday, July 16, 2007

Early Ted Williams rating

My mother has a phrase she will revert to now and again and it's this:
It is better to appear stupid than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

The following excerpt on someone involved with organized baseball named Bill Cunningham personifies the aforementioned statement.

It was Bill Cunningham who, when Williams first appeared in a Red Sox uniform at the 1938 spring training camp, wrote with melodious prescience:

The Sox seem to think Williams is just cocky enough and gabby enough to make a great and colorful outfielder, possibly the Babe Herman type. Me? I don't like the way he stands at the plate. He bends his front knee inward and moves his foot just before he takes a swing. That's exactly what happens to the golf balls I drive, I don't believe this kid will ever hit half a singer midget's weight in a bathing suit."

from John Updike's writings on Ted Williams.

-Kevin Marquez