American Masters: Ted Williams | Free Screening
1615 E 18th St
Kansas City, MO 64108
Join KCPT and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum July 18th for a special, free screening of the new American Masters documentary about Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams.
During his remarkable career with the Boston Red Sox, Ted Williams earned many nicknames – The Kid, The Splendid Splinter and Teddy Ballgame, but the only nickname that he wanted was “the greatest hitter who ever lived.” In that pursuit, he combined his preternatural gifts with a fierce work ethic to become widely regarded as one of the greatest ever to play the game of baseball and in the process elevated the science of hitting in ways still emulated today.
Through never-before-seen archival footage and in-depth interviews with those who knew and studied Williams, the documentary demonstrates the power of the heroic myth-making culture in which Williams flourished. Lesser-known topics explored in the film include Williams’ Mexican-American background, his experiences serving during World War II and the Korean War, and his deep rage over his mother’s virtual abandonment of him and his younger brother.