American Masters (1985– )
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Ted Williams: "The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived" 

Ted Williams, the iconic Hall of Fame hitter, fighter pilot and fisherman, will have his life profiled in the renowned American Masters Documentary series on PBS in a documentary that will premiere in the summer of 2018.

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Nick Davis

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Nick Davis
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Episode credited cast:
Roger Angell Roger Angell
Stu Apte Stu Apte
Wade Boggs
Ben Bradlee Jr.
Bob Costas
Emily DiMaggio Emily DiMaggio
Joe DiMaggio ... (archive footage)
Dick Enberg
Jack Fisher Jack Fisher
Dick Flavin Dick Flavin
Jon Hamm ... Narrator
Jim Kaat Jim Kaat
Willie McCovey
Leigh Montville Leigh Montville
Peter Sutton Peter Sutton
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Ted Williams, the iconic Hall of Fame hitter, fighter pilot and fisherman, will have his life profiled in the renowned American Masters Documentary series on PBS in a documentary that will premiere in the summer of 2018, the 100th anniversary of the Splendid Splinter's birth. Williams will be the first baseball player to be profiled with an American Masters documentary. The series started in 1986 and has won 28 Emmy Awards. David Ortiz's company -- Big Papi Productions -- is helping to co-produce the film along with Major League Baseball, Albert M. Tapper and Nick Davis Productions.

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USA

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English

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23 July 2018 (USA) See more »

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Short But Perfectly Compelling Doc Of The Splendid Splinter
29 April 2019 | by zkonedogSee all my reviews

As an enormous baseball fan, I stumbled across this episode of PBS's American Masters series on Netflix. I can't say I had huge expectations, as I've done a fair amount of reading on Ted Williams myself and questioned what new information could be provided here. The actual viewing experience was exactly the opposite, however, as I found this little bio to be perhaps the most compelling piece of material on The Kid I've ever consumed.

Despite running only about 50 minutes in length, this episode is a very well-produced look at the career and life of Teddy Ballgame. It is narrated perfectly by Jon Hamm, contains footage I had never seen, and presents new interviews from family members and baseball historians.

In all seriousness, this is the type of quality that, say, an HBO would put into their documentaries. It is that well-produced, riveting, and emotional. Ted Williams was both an extraordinary baseball player and complex individual, and this piece touches on both of those things in equal time.

In short, baseball fans of nearly any age (some of the language probably rules it out for the kiddies) can enjoy this engrossing look at one of the diamond greats.


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