Ted Williams Smashes Some Grapefruits
We know the Florida spring training circuit is known as the Grapefruit Leauge. But that doesn’t mean that grapefruits are a good substitute for rawhide. So, to explain this photo – were they low on baseballs? Or is this just a silly publicity picture dreamed up by a reporter? I can’t imagine Red Sox slugger Ted Williams accommodating a press photographer with a request.
“Hey Ted will you please hit some grapefruits? It would make a great picture.”
Whatever the reason Ted Williams was bashing grapefruits during spring training in 1940.
And to prove it wasn’t just a one grapefruit and that’s it performance – we found this photograph. Boston player-manager Joe Cronin is the citrus supplier.