Williams let it go


On August 7, 1956, Boston Red Sox left-fielder Ted Williams spit at fans when he came off the field after letting a fly ball hit by Mickey Mantle hit the ground, he was fined $5,000.

When the ball dropped with two outs in the top of the 11th, Mantle was able to get to second and Williams was charged with an error. Yogi Berra batted next and Williams caught the ball he hit. Yet, the crowd continued their booing and taunting.

Williams was walked in the bottom of the 11th, giving the Red Sox a 1-0 victory over the New York Yankees. On his way to first he threw his bat 40 feet in the air.

Williams apologized to his manager but told the press, “I’m not a bit sorry for what I did. I was right and I’d spit again at the same fans who booed me today. Some of them are the worst in the world. Nobody’s going to stop me from spitting.”

Shortly after the incident, the Mass. State Legislature proposed a bill allowing fans to be fined for the use of profanity. It never became a law.

This was not the last time Williams spat on his team’s fans. Many fans did not favor Williams being half Mexican. They shouted racial slurs from the stands to taunt him. Many non-white players faced the same issue, but Williams did not handle it in a civil manor.

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