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A Celebration of an American Hero   -   July 22, 2002

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A fitting tribute to Ted Williams


Fans attending the evening ceremony received commemorative tickets, replica photos of Williams's Hall of Fame plaque, colorful four-page foldouts including a printed assemblage (above) of Williams's artifacts and an eight-page reproduction of John Updike's famous story, "Kid Bids Hub Fans Adieu," which appeared in the New Yorker in 1960.

The Red Sox promised an event on Monday night that would celebrate the life of Ted Williams more than it would mourn his death. That promise was delivered with a stirring tribute at Fenway Park that those in attendance or watching on television will probably never forget.

There was a crowd of 20,500 on hand on a beautiful summer night. All the proceeds went to the Jimmy Fund, a cancer-fighting institution that was always near and dear to Williams' heart. There was a less formal non-ticketed event that took place in the morning, in which roughly 12,000 fans entered the park and paid their respects.

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