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HBO To Debut Ted Williams Documentary After MLB All-Star Game

Ted Williams Will Be Subject
Of HBO Documentary
HBO Sports has settled on the Splendid Splinter as the subject of its next documentary. The premium network will debut "The Kid: The Life and Death of Ted Williams," at 10:00pm ET on July 15, the day after the MLB All-Star Game. The documentary will run in the middle of HBO's annual film festival, when it screens documentaries from its library on eight consecutive Mondays during June and July. HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg said he had been considering doing a documentary on Williams for at least 10 years, when NFL Films President Steve Sabol first suggested that he tackle the subject. Williams' story is a natural for Greenburg, especially considering that he took five seasons off to fight in two wars. The documentary will touch on the end of Williams' career, when he had a falling out with his fans and refused to come out for a curtain call after hitting a home run in his last at bat. The story then progresses to '99, when Williams was warmly greeted by Boston fans as he attended the All-Star Game at Fenway Park. "It's a love story between a man and his city," Greenburg said. "He was shunned at first, then welcomed and revered as he got closer to death." The documentary also touches on Williams' death -- when relatives took his body to an Arizona laboratory to be preserved -- but doesn't dwell on it. "There's a tremendous arc to the story," Greenburg said. "Most people dwell on his bizarre passing and don't remember the arc to his story." 

HBO SPORTS DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL
DATE
FILM
6/8
":03 From Gold"
6/15
"Back Nine At Cherry Hills: Legends of the 1960 U.S. Open"
6/22
"Brooklyn Dodgers: The Ghosts of Flatbush"
6/29
"Battle for Tobacco Road: Duke vs. Carolina"
7/6
"Jim McKay: My World in My Words"
7/13
"Shot Heard 'Round the World"
7/20
"Barbaro"
7/27
"Breaking the Huddle"
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