Claudia Williams – Biographical Brief
Ted Williams’ daughter was ten years old the first time she realized her father was one of the most revered sports figures in America. It was 1982, twenty two years after his retirement, when he was announced at a Fenway Park Old-Timers game. She writes: “The crowd came alive. The claps and the cheers were so loud I could feel the vibration of the whole stadium. My skin tingled and the rippling sensation traveled right up my back and behind my ears. I stood lost in the middle of the stadium among thousands of people and I was proud.”
Though much has been written about the great Ted Williams, only his daughter could offer such a moving and poignant portrait. From the mundane details, such as the fact Williams was so passionate about oral hygiene that he kept Listerine in a crystal decanter, to the proudest moments of his life, such as being awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1991, Ted Williams: My Father, casts a humanizing glow on this larger than life figure. With love and affection, Claudia writes about how she and her father were bonded by their similarities: focused obsession, passion, and perfectionism. She reminisces about the many summers and holidays that she and her brother, John-Henry, spent with him and the special father daughter moments that bonded them. Claudia describes how he cried openly when she came from behind to win her sixth grade cross country meet and no one was more proud the day she graduated from college.
Known for his short temper and sometimes abrasive behavior, Claudia acknowledges that as a young child she had to learn how best to navigate her father’s strong personality. She worked hard to earn his respect –made even more difficult because she was a female—and writes honestly about the tumultuous aspects of their relationship. Claudia often felt that she had to share her dad with the public. He had to hide at the airport when he picked his children up for visits and it was a rare day when they could go anywhere as a family without being noticed. Later, fans and media weren’t shy about criticizing Claudia and her brother’s decision to have Williams cryogenically preserved after his death. She speaks candidly about this for the first time in her book.