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Minnesota Sports Memories: Marianne Short

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Sports Illustrated, July 18, 1977. Courtesy of Peter and Martha Eckerline.

“Even casual baseball fans know the basic story of Ted Williams, the ‘Splendid Splinter’—the last player to hit .400 in the big leagues, and someone who gave up his best playing years to serve his country during WWII and the Korean War. Serious baseball fans also recall his fierce determination to become the greatest hitter of all time, and his tumultuous relationship with the Boston press and Red Sox management. But I was lucky enough to know a different Ted Williams, from his years working with my father as manager of the Washington Senators and Texas Rangers.  After countless ballgames, I accompanied Williams and my father to dinners (often, his favorites—burgers and milkshakes) where they would dissect each pitch, hit, and play. Was Williams capable of being crusty and brusque? In some settings, yes, but the Ted Williams I knew was a straightforward man, with modest tastes, singular focus, and deep insight into America’s signature pastime. Those traits, together with his passion for the game, made him a great baseball player, and a great teacher of the game to me.”

—Marianne Short, Managing Director, Dorsey & Whitney LLP

Sports Illustrated, August 7, 2006. Courtesy of Peter and Martha Eckerline.

What’s your favorite Minnesota sports memory? Share it in the comments below.

Be sure to catch “The Sports Show” and “The Sports Show: Minnesota” at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, through May 13 and September 2, respectively.

2 Responses to Minnesota Sports Memories: Marianne Short

Derek says: April 12, 2012 at 9:30 am

Wow… The cover back from 1977 looks awesome! It could be great if they make a similar cover for anniversary of the magazine by the way.

I made an open source audio editor.

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