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Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams’ Friendship

In 1941, Ted Williams played the greatest baseball of his life. It was also the year that would forever link him to another baseball icon: Joe DiMaggio.


The new documentary from THIRTEEN’s American Masters, co-produced by Albert M. Tapper Productions, in association with Major League Baseball, David Ortiz’ Big Papi Productions and Nick Davis Productions, explores not only the Baseball Hall of Famer’s remarkable on-field accomplishments but also his complicated relationships with his family, teammates, press, fans and himself. American Masters – Ted Williams: “The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived” premieres Monday, July 23 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) in honor of Williams’ centennial (August 30, 1918 – July 5, 2002), and marks the first baseball subject in the series’ 32-year history. The film will be available to stream the following day via and PBS apps.

Ted was ready for the greatest baseball year of his life... 1941... a year that would forever link him with another baseball icon.

1941 was the start of a dance that went between Joe DiMaggio and Williams for their entire careers.

We measured one against the other.

In '41 they both went on these tears that had never been equaled since.

Joe DiMaggio's 56th game hitting streak, a record that has still never been broken, and Ted hitting 406.

At the time DiMaggio's was more dramatic.

Dom DiMaggio, Joe's brother, who's the centerfielder for the Red Sox, Ted would get the word from the guy in the scoreboard at the base of the green monster and so he'd yell over whistle or yell over, 'Dommy, Dommy, he got another one!' That's how Dom got updated.