Baseball

June 3, 1958

Ted Williams spent some time at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Walpole.

He was there by choice. A troupe of inmates were planning two productions of “Stalag 17” to benefit the Jimmy Fund. With a prohibition on the inmates receiving payment, all who attended would be asked to make contributions.

Williams, of course, was the godfather of the Jimmy Fund, raising money for the charity to the day he died.

“All of us make mistakes, that’s why we have the errors column in the box score,” Williams told the inmates, per the Boston Globe. “But I want you fellows to know how pleased and grateful all of us are that you have the fight against cancer in children the beneficiary of your show.”

Before his brief speech, Williams said he “more nervous than if I were at bat with the bases loaded.”

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