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My friend, Ted Williams

Never false or sentimental, Ted Williams lived his life as a man utterly and totally true unto himself — in the best sense.

Updated: July 11, 2002, 11:03 PM ET
By Curt Gowdy |
Co-host of ESPN2's
"CITGO's In Search of Flywater"

My friend Ted Williams is gone now, and piece of me has gone with him. During the 14 years I called the Red Sox games, we became good friends and fishing companions. He made great demands on himself — in the field and on the water. When he — or someone around him — did not perform well, his wrath could flow like hot lava.

If Ted was a searcher, and he was, then he believed that hitting a baseball or casting a fly was a journey into the sublime realm where ...

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