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Baseball legend Ted Williams’ fishing retreat in the Keys


For most people, the first day of spring is March 20. For baseball fans, however, spring starts about a month earlier when Major League Baseball pitchers and catchers report to their Spring Training camps in Florida. This spring, the fishing retreat of one of baseball’s all-time best hitters is for sale.

Seventeen-time all-star Ted Williams spent his entire MLB career with the Boston Red Sox, taking time out to serve as a Navy pilot in World War II and the Korean War. A six-time batting champion, Mr. Williams was twice the American League’s Most Valuable Player and Triple Crown Award winner. A a roster of nicknames described his playing style: Teddy Ballgame, The Thumper, The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived and Splendid Splinter, among them.

By the end of his career that ran from 1939-1960, he had a lifetime .344 batting average, 521 home runs, last player to hit over .400 and a career 0.482 on-base percentage — the highest in MLB history. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1966.

Baseball wasn’t Mr. Williams’ only interest. He was an avid sports fisherman, hosted a television fishing show, did Sears fishing commercials and was inducted into the IGFA Fishing Hall of Fame. Fishing was always a great hobby and diversion from his baseball career, and during his downtime he enjoyed casting practice off his dock at his place in the Florida Keys.

Now for sale is the retreat where he lived and honed his fishing/casting skills until the early 1990s. It’s the ideal location in Upper Matecumbe Key on Islamorada, in a protected cove surrounded by deep tropical landscape. Totally private, the site has bay views and is also in walking distance of Islamorada’s restaurants and shops. It’s a short boat ride to some of the best fishing spots in Florida.

On 1.38 fenced and gated acres, the 3,193-square-foot house has four bedrooms, four baths and guesthouse with three bedrooms. There’s an infinity pool and spa with a protected dock.

Cheri Tindall of Ocean Sotheby’s International Realty has the listing for $4.2 million. For more information, visit ¦

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