PBS’s art strand ‘American Masters’ will highlight Baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams in a new documentary co-produced with Major League Baseball.
The Boston Red Sox player was known as baseball’s Peter Pan — an eternal kid who combined his natural gifts with a fierce work ethic to become one of the greatest hitters. Williams also served as a flight instructor during the Second World War, was a decorated combat pilot in the Korean War and was a skilled fly-fisher.
The documentary will also explore lesser known parts of Williams’s life, including the shame he felt by his Mexican-American background, the humiliation over his father’s weakness and the rage against his mother’s virtual abandonment of him and his younger brother. The program will reveal the player’s complicated relationships with his family, teammates, press, fans and himself.
The doc will also look at the impact Williams has had on the current generation of stars in Major League Baseball, including Kris Bryant, Daniel Murphy and Josh Donaldson, who have credited the iconic player’s methods to hitting as guides to their own approach today.
American Masters: Ted Williams (w/t) is a co-production of Albert M. Tapper and Nick Davis Productions in association with Major League Baseball, Big Papi Productions and Thirteen Productions LLC’s American Masters for WNET. Nick Davis is director and producer. Michael Kantor and Albert M. Tapper are executive producers. David Ortiz is executive producer for Big Papi Productions. Nick Trotta is executive producer for Major League Baseball.
The film is slated to premiere summer 2018 on PBS in honor of Williams’ centennial birthday. This doc marks the first time American Masters has profiled a baseball player.
American Masters 31st season on PBS features new documentaries about filmmaker Richard Linklater (Sept. 1), artist Tyrus Wong (Sept. 8), writer Edgar Allan Poe (Oct. 30) and entertainer Bob Hope (Dec. 29).