“The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams” will be coming to the small screen. The legendary Boston Red Sox will have his life adapted for a television mini-series.
Deadline is reporting that Atmosphere Entertainment’s Mark Canton and Mandalay Sports Media’s Mike Tollin and Peter Guber are to option the recent biography of Williams by Ben Bradlee Jr.
Known at one time as the best hitter in baseball, Williams hit .406 in 1941 a record that stands today. The mini-series will likely take us from his early childhood to his early days with the Red Sox. A writer has yet to be hired for the project. In the history of baseball, Williams stands at the top in career batting average with at least 500 home runs.
Adding to the history of Williams is the fact that in 22 years of baseball he also found time to serve his country. Williams served in World War II and in Korea. The mini-series is also expected to explore his life outside of baseball where his relationship with the public was often strained and his distance was often at length.
Williams was inducted in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame July 25th, 1966. He died at the age of 83 on July 5, 2002.
Williams is remembered as one of the greatest baseball player in history and even while serving his country, he found a way to play the game. Williams, when not fighting, played for the Army baseball team and it’s been reported that the games against the Navy team would draw over 40,000 spectators.