Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Ted Williams (2009)

Starring Heywood Hale Broun, Joe Buck, Barbara Bush


Decent footage, although I feel like they missed some great stuff. What about his meeting with Babe Ruth? (On one special day, July 12, 1943 at Fenway Park, Ted Williams met Babe Ruth for the first time. He was in awe of being in the presence of the Babe, who was in his late 40s at the time, but was there to play the Mayor of Boston’s Field Day benefit game between the Service All-Stars and the Boston Braves. The Babe was his manager and later pinch-hitter, and his team beat the Braves 9-8 that memorable day, with a 3-run HR by Williams being the difference.) What about the home run he hit at a Fenway Park exhibition game in the early 80’s?

And some unanswered questions. Why did he retire when he did? He could still clearly hit. What made him such a great hitter? What about his vision, his build, his mechanics? Why wasn’t the documentary 1% as scientific about his hitting as the man himself was? Real baseball fans would have surely appreciated a closer look at what made him so good.

To make it a lot more personal, I would have liked to see more interviews with the man himself. If there wasn’t a lot of footage because the man would rarely do interviews, I would have liked to know that, too.

And the boring title? This is a movie, not a gravestone. Why not attempt to sum up the man with a phrase?

It’s rated this highly only because I’m fascinated with historical baseball. I’d surely rate it lower if I was not.

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