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Ted Williams was born on 8/30/1918. He was a 3rd generation Irish American. His Irish ancestors had the surname Kennedy.

Ted Williams | County Cork

Full Name: Theodore Samuel Williams

Born: August 30, 1918 in San Diego, CA

Irish Roots: Cork

Family Name: Kennedy and Keefe

Surname Origins: Kennedy is the anglicisation of Ó Cinnéide, meaning “grandson of Cinnédidh” or “grandson of Cinnéidigh”, with both of these personal names meaning “helmet headed.”

Accomplishments: 

  • .344 Lifetime Batting Average
  • 521 Career Home Runs
  • 1,839 Lifetime Runs Batted In
  • .482 Career On-Base Percentage
  • 2× Triple Crown (1942, 1947)
  • 6× AL batting champion (1941, 1942, 1947, 1948, 1957, 1958)
  • 4× AL home run leader (1941, 1942, 1947, 1949)
  • 4× AL RBI leader (1939, 1942, 1947, 1949)

Honors:

  • National Baseball Hall of Fame (1966)
  • Boston Red Sox No. 9 retired
  • Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame
  • San Diego Padres Hall of Fame
  • Major League Baseball All-Century Team
  • Major League Baseball All-Time Team

Biography

Ted Williams’ great-grandparents, James Kennedy and Mary Jane Keefe were born in County Cork!