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Friday, 5 July, 2002, 17:59 GMT 18:59 UK
Baseball great Williams dies
Ted Williams at a Hall of Fame ceremony in August 1997
Williams was one of baseball's greatest-ever hitters
Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams has died at the age of 83 after a succession of health problems.


Williams, also known as the "Splendid Splinter", was one of baseball's best-ever hitters and was the last man to average .400 for an MLB season.

He had suffered a series of strokes and congestive heart failure in recent years, and was taken on Friday to Citrus County Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Ted Williams during his playing days with the Boston Red Sox
Williams in his Boston days

Tributes were led by American President George W Bush.

He said in a statement: "Ted Williams gave baseball some if its best seasons - and he gave his own best seasons to this country.

"He will be greatly missed."

Twice the American League's MVP, Williams had a fascinating rivalry with the great Joe DiMaggio, of the New York Yankees.

Although he was unable to win the World Series with Boston, he compiled better batting statistics than any of his contemporaries, hitting a career .344 with 521 home runs.

Williams won the Triple Crown - for topping his league in homers, RBIs and average - twice, but his greatest achievement came in 1941 when he batted .406.

He had a fractious relationship with baseball fans and could be irritable on the field, but was admired to a man for his uncanny timing.

Williams contended that his eyesight was so keen he could pick up individual stitches on a pitched ball.

And he bounced back incredibly after serving as a Marine Corps pilot in the Korean War to resume his baseball career.

"Ballgame" Williams, who has long been enshrined in the Hall of Fame, signed off in the only fitting way in 1960, crushing a ball into the Fenway Park stands for a farewell home run.

Ted Williams died aged 83

Death of a US legend
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