Routine Week at City Hall

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WPCNR Monday Morning Sun.By John F. Bailey. July 15, 2002.: The Common Council toured Indian Point. The City Center Project began erecting steel pillars. A new law firm is coming to 360 Hamilton Avenue, and JPI’s Jefferson at White Plains is still a “go.” The new Public Safety Commissioner took over.

THE STEEL ALSO RISES: The City Center construction entered a new phase last week when the first steel pillars were set in place. No new news on a hotel for the site, or new tenants but it’s still going up, according to Paul Wood, City Economic Development Officer. The view is from City Hall.
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Indian Point:The Common Council toured Indian Point Wednesday evening and found the tour most impressive, according to City Hall spokesman, Rick Ammirato. Ammirato said council comments indicated they would consider the information they had learned in drafting any resolution regarding recommendation of closing of the facility. Ammirato also reported he and reporter Susan Elan of The Journal News had received some very minor radiation exposure, however he was not taking any iodine pills.

New Law Firm Paul Wood reported that one of the nation’s largest law firms is taking space at 360 Hamilton Avenue.

JPI Still Going.Mr. Wood also reported that the construction halt at the Jefferson at White Plains, 300 Mamaroneck Avenue, is a result of a contract dispute with the construction company. According to Wood, the construction company had informed JPI the excavation of the site would cost $20 million more than originally estimated, and that JPI did not agree with that, and they and the contractor are talking it over. He said JPI still has its financing intact and that the project is still viable.

New Commish.Paul Wood of the Mayor’s Office reported that the new Commissioner of Public Safety, Frank Straub, reported to duty last Monday morning and spent a routine day greeting and meeting the various personalities in the fire and police departments. But, he also did something very unique, according to Wood, Straub left work in the late afternoon, then returned Tuesday morning at midnight, when the Midnight police shift began.

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69% of WP Elementary Schools Pass ELA; 48% of Middle School 8-ers Fail.

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WPCNR SCHOOL DAYS DAILY. By John F. Bailey with Sean P. Cover. July 12, 2002. Results of the English Language Arts State education tests were published this week. Results show that while the White Plains Elementary Schools continue to have an average of 70% of their fourth graders pass the tests, the Middle School eighth grade performance remained at little more than 50% (51.9%) of eighth graders passing for the second year in a row. The following are the figures, complete with number of students taking the tests, and figures for the Levels 1 & 2 categories (the unsatisfactory levels).

  Number of Students Tested Mean ELA Scale Score Percent of Students at ELA Level 1 Percent of Students at ELA Level 2 Percent of Students at ELA Level 3 Percent of Students at ELA Level 4
White Plains School District 454 667.95 5.3 25.6 44.7 24.4
Church Street School 109 672.24 5.5 28.4 39.4 26.6
George Washington School 96 670.63 3.1 20.8 51.0 25.0
Mamaroneck Ave. School 97 659.00 8.2 32.0 35.1 24.7
Post Road School 78 664.19 7.7 20.5 53.8 17.9
Ridgeway School 74 673.88 1.4 24.3 47.3 27.0

Grade 4 English Language Arts Levels – Listening, Reading, and Writing Standards

Level 4 – These students exceed the standards and are moving toward high performance
on the Regents examination. All students scoring from 692 to 800 are in this

Level 3 – These students meet the standards and, with continued steady growth,
should pass the Regents examination. All students scoring from 645 to 691 are
in this level.

Level 2 – These students need extra help to meet the standards and pass the
Regents examination. All students scoring from 603 to 644 are in this level.

Level 1 – These students have serious academic deficiencies. All students scoring
from 455 to 602 are in this level.

Number of Students Tested
Mean ELA Scale Score
Percent of Students at ELA Level 1
Percent of Students at ELA Level 2
Percent of Students at ELA Level 3
Percent of Students at ELA Level 4
White Plains Middle School

Grade 8 English Language Arts Levels – Listening, Reading, and Writing Standards

Level 4 These students exceed the standards and are moving toward high performance
on the Regents examination. All students scoring from 739 to 830 are in this

Level 3 These students meet the standards and, with continued steady growth,
should pass the Regents examination. All students scoring from 701 to 738 are
in this level.

Level 2 These students need extra help to meet the standards and pass the Regents
examination. All students scoring from 662 to 700 are in this level.

Level 1 These students have serious academic deficiencies. All students scoring
from 527 to 661 are in this level.

(Editor’s Note: These test results were extracted from the press release and data issued by the NY State Education Department on July 10, 2002 and located online at

Level descriptions were extracted from the NYSED School Report Cards released in April 2002.)

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Little League’s Gedney Field Vandalized for Second Time in Week

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WPCNR Police Gazzette. From White Plains Little League. July 10, 2002.: The White Plains Little League office reports that the scoreboard at Gedney Field was rendered inoperable by vandalism for the second time in less than a week Tuesday night. Damage has been accessed by the league as over $800.00.
The league reports that sometime Tuesday evening, someone “sledgehammered” the data cable and electrical box at the rear of the Gedney Field backstop. The league office says no target date has been set for the repair. A new control panel costing $220 has also had to be ordered due to burnout of the former control panel while testing the repaired scoreboard last week.

Just one week ago, the electrical power wires at the top of the scoreboard in center field were completely severed. Electrical repairs were completed the next day.

Anyone with information leading to the identity of the perpetrators should contact the White Plains Police Department at 422-6111, or the Department of Recreation and Parks at 422-1336, ask for Commissioner Abramowitz.

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Bradley backs increased Workman’s Compensation Pct.

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WPCNR Afternoon Tribune. By John F. Bailey. July 10, 2002 2:15 PM E.D.T.: Adam Bradley, Democratic Challenger of Naomi Matusow, the Democrat-incumbent in the 89th Assembly District, said he would work to increase the percentage of salary a worker is entitled to, if injured on the job, under the Workman’s Compensation Law Wednesday.

WORKING FAMILIES PARTY ENDORSES ADAM BRADLEY: Mr. Bradley, standing on the steps of the White Plains Public Safety Building called for raising the Workman’s Compensation perceantage to 65% of salary Wednesday, in his acceptance of the WFP endorsement in the Democratic Primary September 10.
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Mr. Bradley said the present law allowed workers to receive only 40% of salary,(though he was not sure if that was the correct percentage), if they were injured on the job, and said he supported the Working Families Party statewide initiative to reimburse injured workers 65% of their salary. He also said he supported the WFP goal of raising the minimum state wage from $5.15 to $6.75 an hour.

On a related wage issue, Bradley remarked he was behind the County Legislature initiative to introduce a “living wage law” in Westchester. Such a law, sponsored by County Legislator George Lattimer and James Maisano of New Rochelle, would require companies and organizations receiving county money (including tax abatements), to pay a minimum of $11.00 an hour with health benefits, and $13 an hour without health benefits.

WFP FOR BRADLEY: Kevin Heffernan, head of the Working Families Party called Adam Bradley “the best person to represent our Working Families” in the 89th Assembly District Wednesday, saying the endorsement was based on their extensive screening, questionnaire and personal interviews with Mr. Bradley and Ms. Matusow, the incumbent Democrat Assemblywoman. Mr. Bradley is shown third from left.
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Benjamin Boykin, Common Council President, introduced Mr. Bradley, saying, “The Working Families Party represents the Democratic ideals: jobs, justice and health care.” He said that these concerns “can insure that our communities work.”

“Government Needs to Set an Example.”

Mr. Bradley said, “I am thrilled that the Working Families Party has chosen me as the candidate who will fight the hardest for working families in Westchester.”

Bradley said he supported both the minimum wage increase, and the concept of a living wage, saying, “Government needs to set an example on the minimum wage and the living wage.”

He said allegations of fraud in workman’s compensation claims should not be used as an excuse not to reimburse a worker “injured in the line of duty,” the wage necessary to support his family. He said that more investigators need to be added to investigate workman’s comp fraud.

In calling for the increase in the minimum wage and the workmen’s compensation, Bradley concluded his statement by saying about New York State, “We’re falling behind. We need to be the caring state we always were.”

Appearances coming up.

Mr. Bradley will be appearing in Bedford Hills Friday, and Harrison on Monday, as he continues to appear every day in communities throughout the 89th district. He was in New Castle Tuesday, and in White Plains Monday, meeting voters.

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WPCNR NewsReel. From the Sayegh Campaign. July 10, 2002.: Tony Sayegh, candidate for the New York State Assembly in the 88th District, joined families from White Plains and the surrounding area as they celebrated Independence Day at White Plains High School on July 3rd.
Sayegh greeted the area residents as they participated in many of the activities held at the high school and waited for the great fireworks that would end the night of celebrating our country’s day of independence. Mr. Sayegh introduced himself to residents in the crowd listening to their issues and concerns for their community.

“It is wonderful to see children and families celebrating our nation’s independence,” said Sayegh. “In the wake of recent tragedies, gatherings like this remind us of what is truly important.”

Area residents enthusiastically greeted Sayegh and his campaign volunteers, who distributed red, white, and blue balloons at the event to add to the festive occasion.

Sayegh also attended holiday celebrations in White Plains, Eastchester, New Rochelle, Pelham and Tuckahoe this week. He is facing incumbent Democrat Assemblywoman Amy Paulin.

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Board of Ed Officers Elected.

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WPCNR School Days. From Michelle Schoenfeld. July 9, 2002:Dorothy S. Schere was elected President of the White Plains Board of Education at its Reorganization Meeting last week. Susan R. Kirkpatrick was elected Vice President.

PRESIDENT SCHERE TAKES THE REINS JULY 1: Dorothy Schere moving into the lead seat on the Board of Education last week.
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Mrs. Schere has been a Board member for 15 years and was Vice President during five of those years.

In other action taken at this meeting, the firm of Ingerman Smith, LLP was designated as legal counsel, replacing Plunkett & Jaffe, PC, which is no longer acting as general counsel to school districts.

The next Regular meeting of the Board will take place on Monday August 12th, at 8 P.M., at Education House, 5 Homeside Lane. The public is welcome.

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King Komments: Aesthetics of White Plains

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King Komments:By White Plains Councilman William King. July 9, 2002: The peripatetic Councilman takes a weekend trip to Long Island and comes back with some ideas for White Plains.
Although you can’t bring the beautiful coastline of Eastern Long Island to White Plains (although securing the Dellwood property from the County hopefully soon finally for a low key lakeside park would be something), there are several elements in practice there that should be also done in White Plains.

Neat Pedestrian Signs

I suggest calling Easthampton, NY to see where they bought their red, yellow and white, highly visible, vertical, rectangular “Yield for Pedestrians in Crosswalk” signs that they have in the middle of the roadways all over town. Since they are much more visible than the plain black on white signs that White Plains and other towns around us use, people tend to stop more when there is someone who wants to cross in the crosswalk. Check it out!

Bike Signs in Use. No carnage.

Also, when are the Bike Route signs coming? They were also in abundance in Eastern Long Island, on Shelter Island and along the North Fork. A good look. As with White Plains, the bicyclists were already there and biking already – the signs mainly serve to give drivers an extra head’s up that there may be bicycles present -and there are many many bicyclists on Eastern Long Island.

Nifty Telephone Booths

Also, for George’s (Gretsas) edification (and mine), I saw a public payphone in a bright red British phonebox in Port Jefferson. It can be done!

Intriguing Novelties

They had a nice 4-horses-deep carousel in Greenport that was a big hit – many kids riding it. It was under an open air gazebo with big glass folding doors that were open but could be closed if it rained. The round, peaked roof should have at least had skylights or hatches that could have been open and closed too.

Festive Street Banners

I see these everywhere but in White Plains but in Long Island I saw a couple more banners across the street advertising some upcoming town fair or something. Still waiting for one in White Plains.

Finally, I saw a Victorian house-looking building in one town in a hamlet of Shelter Island that reminded me of similar ‘architectural statement’ types of buildings that can redirect and set the tone for an entire downtown or commercial strip.

Theme Architecture to Set a Mood.

There are a couple of Victorian style gems in downtown Santa Cruz, California that are used as commercial structures for restaurants and shops that act as the catalyst for downtown revitalization there. I would think a nice restaurant like the recently defunct Wrapsody would have fared better in such a structure than the plain, white (in White Plains, how ironic) 2-story office type building it was in, and failed in, on Mamaroneck Ave.

I believe it would pay for the City to help jump start the rest of Mamaroneck Avenue, between the City Center and the block between Post and Maple, by co-investing with a building owner to completely redo a facade in a more architectural way.

Thanks – Bill King

P.S. I noticed a pothole where all the asphalt is missing near the Food Emporium on Mam. Ave. – there was yellow brick underneath – wow- Mamaroneck Avenue used to be brick! – would be cool if it was again.

P.P.S. Coming back into White Plains from my weekend trip, I was hit by the bright glare of our streelights again, bathing our town in a bright amber glow, brighter than any place else.

It occurred to me once more that White Plains could be saving hundreds of thousands of dollars a year by not having so many streetlights so brightly illluminating our streets, especially our major arterials which seem as brightly lit as night-time construction sites.

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Nicholson fans 9, Goes All the Way in Historic 7-5, WPLL Tourney Win

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WPCNR Press Box. By Greg Zaccaria. July 9, 2002.:Another fun day of Little League Softball,as the White Plains National Team defeated Ardsley 7-5 Sunday in 7 innings.

WHITE PLAINS NATIONAL ALL-STARS, the team which became the first Majors Softball team to advance to the fourth game of the District 20 Little League Tournament. They were coached by Greg Zaccaria far right. Lou Petralia, back row center, and Cindy Gottshal.
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Ardsley jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 1st on a unearned run off starter Shannon Nicolson.White Plains came right back and took the lead 2-1 in the top of the 2nd on a two out, two run single by Kate Smayda plating both Jill Gordon and Brittany Zaccaria.

Both Pitchers where throwing well as the score held until the top of the fifth, when Jill Gordon delivered a clutch two out single to center scoring Rachal Hacohen who had walked earlier in the inning.

Smayda Saves Game.

With 1 out in the bottom of the 6th, Ardsley mounted a two run rally to tie the score, they even had the chance for victory with runners on 2nd and 3rd and only 1 out , the runner on third broke for home, but Kate Smayda retrived the wild pitch and tagged the runner out.

Shannon retired the next batter on a pop up to end the threat.

Tearing up the Pea Patch

As the score was now tied, the game went to extra innings 3-3.White Plains, behind hits by Caroline Couzens,Jill Gordon (her third),Michelle Potillio,Brittany Zaccaria and Kate Smayda rallied for 4 runs and a 7-3 lead.

Closing it Out

But this game was not to be this easy,Ardsley just would not quit and once again rallied to score 2 runs and have the bases loaded when Shannon Nicolson struck out the final batter for her ninth strike out of the game and the complete game victory.

LITTE ACE: Coach Zaccaria with Shannon Nicholson, the Winning Pitcher in the historic game. Nicholson struck out nine and walked only one batter. Shannon says she has learned to use all the strike zone and move the ball around inside and outside to confound hitters. Pitching for a year, she is the product of Coach Ted O’Donnell’s winter pitching clinics. Her delivery is described as crackling fast with amazing speed for her size. Her mom says nothing rattles her on the mound.

I have been told that this is the first time a W.P. Majors Softball team has advanced this far in the tournament ,if that is true, it just goes to show our girls are headed in the right direction and the future looks bright.

Tigers of the Future

White Plains bowed out of the tournament losing to Kensico Monday evening, but the girls came off the field smiling, knowing they had moved the WPLL Softball Program to the next level.


The WPLL committment to the girls softball program, the last three years which include staging of annual spring clinics, conducted by WPHS softball coach, Ted O’Donnell where techniques are demonstrated to players and coaches is paying off.

Al Orfe of the White Plains Little League notes that four years ago the White Plains Major Girls advanced to the Finals through the losing bracket, only to lose to Harrison twice at Harrison.

SMILES ALL AROUND AS ANOTHER WPLL SEASON FADES INTO MEMORY: White Plains Nationals in ceremonial end of game ritual leave the field Monday evening.

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Adam Bradley Gains Broad Support, Promising to Represent Needs of People

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WPCNR Friday Night Final. By Shivaun Dipshan.
Friday, July 05, 2002. 3:00 PM E.D.T.:
It’s obvious from the amount of support that Adam Bradley lined up within the last week, that the White Plains, New Castle, Harrison Democratic politicians want a new Assemblyperson, one that represents their needs.
Overwhelming Support from Democratic officials.

Assembly candidate Adam Bradley has received a tremendous amount of support for his candidacy. The reason: down-district Democratic leaders are ready for change; they want a representative who is going to support their needs.

Already Bradley has received the support of 13 Democratic elected officials as well as every member of the White Plains Common Council, including the White Plains and Harrison party committees and the Matusow stronghold, the New Castle Democratic Committee.

His popularity among the citizens of White Plains is rapidly growing because of his dedication to represent the people of White Plains, something that supporters say his opponent, Naomi Matusow has not done.

White Plains Council President Ben Boykin said, “I support Adam because we need a representative who will be attentive to the needs of each community in the district and I know Adam will be that person.”

Issue of Sales Tax

Matusow, a 10-year Assemblywoman, has been opposed to the extension of the White Plains ½% sales tax, despite the fact that elimination of the sales tax would result in a 30% increase in property taxes.

If the sales tax were abolished, then property owners would be faced with a $10 million loss in revenues. This could result in the laying-off of 100 police officers and firefighters.

The White Plains Labor Coalition, which represents approximately 2,000 public sector union employees, unanimously endorsed Bradley within the last week.

“The members of our organization rallied to Adam Bradley after discussing the sales tax and other issues with incumbent Naomi Matusow. Ms. Matusow is firmly against the continuance of the sales tax in White Plains,” said Duncan MacRae, the White Plains Labor Coalition Chairman.

In an interview with WPCNR, Matusow she explained that she is against the sales tax because she believes it impedes economic growth. However, she has stated that she would never stand in the way of it getting passed.

“I’ve never stymied it, nor would I,” she said.

Malmud On Board

“Adam will be a forceful advocate for increased state aid to our schools and communities and will fight to keep our property taxes low,” Councilwoman Rita Malmud said.

Matusow has told WPCNR that state school aid is predetermined by formula by the state, but she is open to individual presentations requesting aid for specific projects, from the school district and the city.

Bradley Stunned by Opponent’s Opposition to Drug Laws.

Matusow has also voiced her opposition to the reform of the Rockefeller drug laws, which Bradley openly supports. He has voiced his concern about her failure to support the repeal of what he describes as “out-dated, draconian drug laws” that severely punish and often incarcerate first time, non-violent drug offenders instead of offering them access to treatment.

Bradley sees these laws as being costly because they wreck young lives and families and waste tax dollars. His concern is that incarceration of first time non-violent drug offenders is more costly to taxpayers than rehabilitation programs.

“Our communities deserve a real Democrat, not someone who votes with Republicans against important Democratic bills and positions. I was appalled to see my opponent vote against reform of the Rockefeller Drug laws. I promise to consistently support the values that Democrats are elected to uphold,” Bradley said.

Hold on, Says Matusow.

Matusow, on the other hand, thinks that the term “non-violent” is used quite casually since rape in the 2nd and 3rd degree is constituted as “non-violent”. Manslaughter in the 2nd degree is also distinguished as being “non-violent”.

Matusow, along with the New York State District Attorney, also believes the facts indicate that the typical drug offender in prison is a drug dealer and a repeat offender. In a press release sent out by the New York State District Attorney’s office, it was stated, “roughly 97% of drug felons sentenced to prison were charged with sale or intent to sell.” Furthermore, “77% of those in prison are second or persistent felony offenders.”

“I want to make sure that people who are out are not a menace to others. I’m not willing to take that chance. I am concerned about these laws releasing violent felons who plea-bargain to non-violent statuses,” she said.

Bradley Disappointed by Her Stance on Indian Point Evacuation Plan

Many supporters of Bradley have voiced their disappointment about the way Matusow handled the evacuation plan of Indian Point. “The evacuation plan in place is deeply, deeply flawed, because it underestimated by 80,000, the people in the 10-mile zone. It’s flawed because it underestimates the amount of traffic outside the 10-mile zone,” Bradley said.

Matusow’s lack of attention to the plan may have ended up costing her the trust of many voters in her northern stronghold in the 89th District, New Castle.

“I was extremely disappointed by Assemblywoman Matusow’s silence regarding the deeply flawed Indian Point evacuation plan, at a time when other leaders were speaking out on this important issue of public safety. Our families need to be protected and our public officials need to tell the truth about the Indian Point evacuation plan,” New Castle Town Board Member Barbara Gerrard said.

Maureen Keating Tsuchiya, Co-Chair of the New Castle Democratic Committee, in explaining the endorsement of Bradley over Matusow, last week said, “…he energetically reaches out to all Democrats and Republicans in each community, building the necessary bipartisan consensus to resolve the current challenges facing our county and state.”

Other leaders who have endorsed Bradley are County Legislators George Latimer, Martin Rogowsky, Harrison Town Board member, Patrick Vetere, and former Harrison Board members, Bruno Strati and Elizabeth “Jimmi” Pritchard.

Bradley Reaction.

Bradley pointed out how it is unusual for him to receive such tremendous support in a primary race against a ten-year incumbent:

“I am proud and grateful for this extraordinary broad outpouring of support and I promise to represent our families and communities with vigor and integrity. I will redeem this promise by improving state aid to our schools, by telling the truth about Indian Point and by effectively serving my constituents in Albany.”

Matusow Undaunted.

Ms. Matusow, in an interview previously with WPCNR, said that though Bradley has secured the support of Democratic Committee leaders, this does not necessarily extend to the rank and file Democratic voters who will be voting in the September 10 primary. She believes her voters know her record and will support her as they have in the past.

For the upcoming election Matusow is planning to gain more support by going out to the community and talking to people in their homes. She expressed her willingness to discuss any issues with citizens. “I am always happy to talk to people”, she said.

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Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived is Dead at 83

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WPCNR Pressbox. July 5, 2003. From Wire Services.: Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox died today at age 83. Baseball’s last 400 hitter in 1941, the man who made hitting a science and served his country twice as a fighter ace in World War II and Korea is the last of the greats from baseball’s golden age. The 1950s.
Williams was a star from the start because he refused to swing at a bad ball, leading the league in walks, forcing pitchers to throw him strikes which he would hit consistently.

Williams loved to hit and worked hard at it, breaking down the strike zone, to where he knew what pitches that were strikes were the best for him to swing at. He considered the low outside pitch the toughest pitch to hit.

Just one indication of why the man they called “The Thumper,” “Teddy Ballgame,” “The Splendid Splinter,” or simply “The Kid,” was so consistently great at hitting.

Spud Chandler, the Yankee Reliefer in 1939, Ted’s rookie year, recalled a clubhouse meeting on how to pitch to Williams. Chandler said, “I’ll tell you what I learned about him. High and tight is ball one. Low and away is ball two.”

Little Bobby Shantz, the Philadelphia A’s lefthander in the early 1950s, also testified to Ted’s legendary batting eye, “Did they tell me how to pitch to Williams? Sure they did. It was great advice, very encouraging. They said he had no weakness, won’t swing at a bad ball, has the best eyes in the business, and can kill you with one swing; he won’t hit at anything bad, but don’t give him anything good.”

When Williams came to the plate to hit, he was all business. No rituals. No touching the cap. No flexing the muscles. No prima donna he.

He would stand in, bat cocked high, and explode with a “fluid swing,” that featured “a massive weight shift through the hips.” He would practice this swing for hours daily before a hotel mirror or in hitter’s cage.

Williams was hitting .39955 going into the final doubleheader of the 1941 season. Manager Joe Cronin offered to give him the day off to preserve the .400 batting average. Ted refused.

Instead, “The Splinter” went 6 for 8 in the doubleheader to finish with .406. The last time a major league hitter hit .400 in a season.

Williams was also the oldest man to win a batting crown, hitting .328 in 1958, the second year in a row he led the league in hitting at age 39 and 40, respectively. At age 39, in 1957, he hit .388, to eclipse Mickey Mantle in his prime by 23 points.

Williams is 7th in lifetime batting averge in major league history with a career .344 average. He is second in walks with 2,019 free passes issued to him in 9,725 trips to the plate in his 19 year career, second only to Babe Ruth, but actually Ted was walked more frequently than the Babe. Ted is 10th on the homerun list, and had he not lost five years serving as a fighter pilot, he probably would have hit close to 700 homeruns.

Williams was driven to be the best at everything he took up. He taught himself to be a worldclass fisherman, an expert hunter. He was shot down in aerial combat and survived.

I saw Ted Williams play in the 1950s, and there was always a stir in the stands when Ted came to the plate. He was a bigger man towards the end of his career then when he first came to the bigs, but still had that tremendous swing — the famous corkscrew one, where he delivered the complete hip turn, something you simply do not see today in today’s hitters. He hit with a long, thin black bat. His concentration was fierce. His stare intense at the pitcher. He owned White Ford, the Yankees best in the 50s.

In his last at-bat, Ted Williams, on a cloud day in Fenway Park homered into the right-centerfield bleachers in the Fens, circled the bases with his head down, never acknowledging the wildly cheering crowd. As he crossed home plate running hard, flat-out, (no home run slow trots for “The Kid”), he ran straight into the dugout and disappeared. No curtain calls. Just a last goodbye clout to remember him by.

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