Since the Red Sox achieved a historic World Series victory at Fenway Park last night, I figured it was a good time to post some images of perhaps the greatest player ever to don the uniform in Boston, Ted Williams. The Splendid Splinter was quite the outdoorsman, and he had a particular love of fly fishing. His main quarry were bonefish, tarpon, and Atlantic salmon, but he was ready to cast to any sport fish available.
Ted Williams hits one out to right field at Fenway Park. Photo courtesy Boston Public Library
Williams casts to a bonefish on Biscayne Bay guided by Frankie Albright, Jimmie Albright’s wife. Photo via legendaryauctions.com
Frankie Albright nets a big Florida bonefish, Williams’s favorite saltwater quarry. Photo via legendaryauctions.com
Teddy ballgame loved to teach kids about his passion for fishing. Photo courtesy Boston Public Library
Williams shows off one of his patterns to St. Petersburg sportswriter Bob brumby Photo via legendaryauctions.com
A pensive Williams surveys the water on a Maine lake. Photo courtesy Maine State Archives
Photo via classicflyrodforum.com
A novelty baseball bat fly rod, the “Bonefish Special,” made for Williams. Photo goldauctions.com
The “Bonefish Special” must have had a pretty fast action. Photo via goldauctions.com
Ted Williams’s Orvis Batten Kill bamboo fly rod caught plenty of fish. Photo via huntauctions.com
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