Ted Williams (1918 - 2002)
Theodore s. Williams, one of the greatest hitters in baseball, was also one of the best salt water fishermen in the history of angling. A fighter pilot during World War II and Korea, Williams was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966. He pursued his passion for fishing with same intensity with which he played baseball. A master of fly tying and casting, he studied the habits of fish. As in baseball, he wanted to be the best.
When Williams retired, he devoted much of his spare time to fishing. In the fall, he targeted Atlantic salmon on the Miramichi River in New Brunswick, Canada. But it was the Florida Keys that really intrigued him. With his fishing buddies Jimmie Albright and George Hommel, Williams caught almost every species, though his favorite targets were tarpon and bonefish. This is evident in his book, Fishing the Big Three: Tarpon, Bonefish, Atlantic Salmon. Over his lifetime Williams caught thousands of fish and let the vast majority go. "Releasing a great fish,"¿ he said, "is about the greatest thrill I get from fishing."¿
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