No. 19, Ted Williams, LF, San Diego Padres

By Tom Larwin

This article was published in the 2019 The National Pastime.

In June 1936, a 17-year-old San Diego high school student signed his first professional baseball contract — with his parents’ approval — to play for his hometown San Diego Padres. Ted Williams was “The Kid,” and he went on to play 42 games that summer for the Pacific Coast League Padres, ending the season as the team’s regular left fielder. Williams graduated from high school in January and continued to play with the Padres in 1937. It was June 1936 and . . .

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