Baseball base

July 24, 1958

Ted Williams wasn’t particularly shy about showing his displeasure on the field. He once responded to an evening’s serenade by boo birds by trotting out to left field with wads of cotton conspicuously stuck in each ear. 

There was the time he responded to an outburst of jeers at Fenway Park by turning the boos to cheers by hitting a home run, then dramatically spitting into the air as he crossed home plate.

And then there was this incident in Kansas City, which sent the expectorate flying again.

Williams tapped a ground ball to first base to lead off the fourth inning. According to Boston Globe reporter Hy Hurwitz, Williams jogged two third of the way down the line, then peeled off and headed for the Red Sox dugout.

That sent the boo-birds into high alert. Williams then let loose with the saliva.

The Red Sox lost the game, 3-1. WIlliams finished the evening 2 for 4.

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