John Henry Williams at Paterson Field
Montgomery, Ala. - John Henry Williams, will get the chance to achieve what his father, legendary Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams, could not do on Monday, June 22 when the Southeastern Cloverleafs face the Montgomery Wings.
John Henry Williams will be the first member of his family to appear at Paterson Field since April 9, 1956 when Ted Williams played with the Boston Red Sox against the Philadelphia Phillies before 4,524 fans at Paterson Field.
Williams has never played at the same baseball park his father played in professionally and believes it will be an awesome experience when he arrives on Sunday.
"My father never played at any of the baseball stadiums I have played in," said Williams, "This will be the first time."
Williams, the designated hitter and first baseman for the Southeastern Cloverleafs, can get one hit in the upcoming series to surpass his father's 0-4 hitting performance against Phillies pitcher Robin Roberts almost 50 years ago.
Williams feels that it would be nice to get a couple of hits during the series but is not competing with a performance that took place years ago.
"It will be a good experience if I get a hit or not," said Williams, "I can't lose."
Williams has been subject to ridicule in the media for the past year but has adapted well with the fans of the Southeastern Professional Baseball League.
Southeastern Cloverleafs manager David Angeron feels that Williams has become one of the league favorites and always has time for the fans.
"He's always hanging around after games to meet the people," said Angeron.
Williams is 6 foot 5", weighs 230 pounds and presents the same image of his father at the plate, but wears the number 30 on his baseball uniform instead of the number 9.
He looks just like him (Ted Williams) other than the number," said Angeron.
The fans will have to attend the series against the Southeastern Cloverleafs to see Williams get a hit, where one of the greatest baseball hitters of all time did not.
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