Researching Ted Williams' Latino Roots

By Bill Nowlin

This article was published in the 2019 The National Pastime.

Although Ted Williams might have habitually brushed the subject of his Mexican heritage aside, researchers no longer can. There was one sentence that I read in Ted Williams’ autobiography, My Turn At Bat, which set me off on a personal research journey that took me some unexpected places and raised a few eyebrows along the way. It was a 44-word sentence about his mother, which I really only focused on the third time I read the book: “Her maiden name . . .

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