I really don't have to say anything else, do I?
I of course never got to see him play, but growing up in Massachusetts is nearly as good. You cannot help learning about "Teddy Ballgame," whether you want to or not (too bad for those who don't).
After several years as a Marine pilot, Williams returned to baseball in 1946. He was already a near-legend before leaving for the service after hitting .406 in 1941. That record still stands today and will probably hold for many more years, if it's ever broken at all.
In his first MVP year in 1946, Williams hit .342 with 38 home runs and 123 RBI. He also scored 142 runs, slugged .667 and had a .650 OBP.
In 1949, Williams' second MVP season, his numbers were even better. He hit .343 with 159 RBI and 43 home runs. Williams also scored 150 runs, slugged .650 and had a .633 OBP.
Teddy Ballgame had several comparable seasons all the way through 1960, but not another MVP season. He was called up to serve as a pilot in the Korean war, shortening his 1952 and 1953 seasons to a total of 43 games.
Williams refused a spot on a service baseball team, which would have kept him safely away from combat and instead was retrained as a combat pilot. He flew 39 combat missions and flew as wing to John Glenn for a time.
Many now believe he would have had more MVP seasons had he not had a poor relationship with the media. His poor rapport with the Boston media eventually turned some New England fans against him. That did not last long though, as he was one of the most respected and sought-after Boston sports figures for many years after his retirement.
The "Splendid Splinter" was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. In his induction speech, Williams lamented that many players in the Negro Leagues were not allowed to play for major league teams. His was one of the first voices in support from an MLB player to end the color barrier in baseball.
Ted Williams passed away in July 2002.