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March 8, 1954


The only front page story that carried more weight in the Boston Globe dealt with an attack by Adlai Stevenson on Sen Joseph McCarthy’s attempt to sell the American people on the notion that communists were lurking around every street corner.

And then there was Ted Williams’ return to Boston for treatment of the shoulder injury he endured on the first day of training camp.

Arguably, more readers were interested in the latter.

X-rays showed that Williams suffered a cracked clavicle. Further examinations showed that the bones had “slipped or sagged under the top body cast. They may have to wire the bones together.”

Wonderful breakfast reading material.

According to a reporter who greeted him at Logan Airport when he landed at 11:30 p.m., wearing a camel’s hair coat and no hat, Williams said he felt great. He quickly left to get a few hours sleep before a 9 a.m. doctor’s appointment.

He underwent surgery and missed the first six weeks of the season.