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A few Rays were touched by Williams
Players, former and current, recall their encounters with the Splendid Splinter.

Rays rally is enough to tie, not win
ANGELS 6, RAYS 5 (10): An early 3-0 lead goes away and late runs only extend Tampa Bay's struggle.

Harrington won't be a Ray in near future
ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Rays aren't likely to sign Matt Harrington any time soon.

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BY THE NUMBERS

Ted Williams - 1918-2002
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[AP photo]
Photo gallery: A career remembered

Hubert Mizell
One of a kind
There won't be another Ted Williams. He was to hitting a baseball what Albert Einstein was to solutions in math. Number Nine knew as much about constructing a swing as Frank Lloyd Wright did about building a house. His works should be eternal study for succeeding generations, not unlike those of Van Gogh and Michelangelo.

'There goes the greatest hitter'

They called him The Kid, Teddy Ballgame and the Splendid Splinter, but Ted Williams, who died Friday (July 5, 2002) at age 83, wanted to be known as only one thing:

A few Rays were touched by Williams

Players, former and current, recall their encounters with the Splendid Splinter.

Williams' proudest moment came in the military
Ted Williams' career statistics rank near the top of the baseball charts, but his totals might have been even more spectacular had it not been for nearly five years of military service.

Williams recalled with praise
This was the relationship one of baseball's greatest hitters -- perhaps the greatest -- had with the game's sportswriters of his era:

Williams, Citrus had tight ties
His warm relationship with Citrus County began around 1950 and grew strong through the years.

Passing of famed No. 9 hits Citrus County hard
Though friends and fans knew Ted Williams' health had been fading, his death shocks members of the local baseball community.

Citrus fans and neighbors recall baseball great
CITRUS HILLS -- A flag lowered to half staff outside the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame on Friday marked the passing of the baseball legend who lived a few blocks away.

Citrus loses a star that still drew a crowd
For decades, Ted Williams attracted fans and fellow New Englanders to visit and live in the county he made his home.

As a Marine, Ted Williams was 'revered'
CITRUS HILLS -- Few men are honored by a visit by a former president as Ted Williams was on Feb. 9, 1995. But something even more rare occurred that morning.

Gary Shelton

Love proves to be a fleeting emotion on Henman Hill
Tim Henman may be more of an overachiever than slacker, but don't tell the British tabloids.

Motorsports
Bond shared through late father, friend
Michael Waltrip and Dale Earnhardt Jr. are friends and teammates at Dale Earnhardt Inc. who work together in memory of DEI's namesake.

Nemechek wins wild BGN race
DAYTONA BEACH -- It was another race, another Earnhardt and another big wreck at Daytona International Speedway on Friday night but fortunately no major injuries as NASCAR's Busch Grand National Series made its summer and night debut at Daytona.

Five drivers to watch

Strong, silent type of run earns slumping Harvick pole position
DAYTONA BEACH -- Kevin Harvick's self-imposed silence was interrupted Friday when the controversial driver won the pole for tonight's Pepsi 400 at Daytona International Speedway.

Life's work lands Marlin at the top
DAYTONA BEACH -- You will never get anyone to put it in writing.

Preps
Gulfport squad in need of offense
After battling rain for most of the season, Gulfport Post 125 finally got in some games this week at the Veterans Memorial Tournament in Bradenton. Post 125 was 1-2 at the tournament through Thursday and is 5-7 overall and 4-4 in the South division of Legion "A".

Pair leads Palm Harbor Nat.
Palm Harbor National defeated Largo National 12-1 in District 12 Minor baseball Friday. Gerg Kohlof had three hits and Larry Lanni pitched four innings for the win. Lanni also had three hits.

Around Tampa Bay
Basketball

Land O'Lakes wins fourth straight
Land O'Lakes continued its comeback through the District 13 Junior softball losers bracket Friday with a 14-2 victory over Antioch. The win forced another game today at 11a.m. to decide the North bracket.

Outdoors
Daily fishing report
It's hard to beat the excitement of watching a bass explode on a top-water bait. Fishing topwaters is best early in the morning and late in the evening when bass often chase schools of bait in shallow water.


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