Feb. 2, 1948

Ted Williams’ every move was chronicled in Boston’s battling newspapers. The field was not as crowded as it was when Williams broke in with the Red Sox in 1939, but there remained a half-dozen daily newspaper covering the Red Sox.

So it was that Williams landed at Logan Airport and was immediately set upon by reporters hoping to get his reaction to the baseball soap opera of the day: Williams had been off fishing when his daughter was born on Jan. 28. He said he tried but was unable to find a plane to take him from Florida to Boston on the night of her birth.

The crux of his reaction to the righteous rage with which he absorbed in various newspaper columns was vintage Williams:

“To heck with public opinion,” he growled, as reported by the Globe. “It’s my baby and it’s my life.”

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