From Comcast SportsNetBOSTON (AP) -- He was a skilled fisherman, a veteran of two wars and an accomplished hunter. Oh, and Ted Williams also played baseball.Fans seeking to buy items once owned by the legendary Red Sox slugger will flock to Boston's Fenway Park beginning Wednesday for a preview of the first major auction of sports, military and personal memorabilia documenting Williams' life.The preview, open to the public, is set to last through Friday at the world's oldest baseball park and home field of the only team that Williams played for during his 1939-1960 major league career. The auction will be Saturday and some of the proceeds will benefit The Jimmy Fund, a charity affiliated with Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for which the slugger helped raise money during his lifetime.Williams, the last major league hitter to bat .400 -- posting a .406 average in 1941 -- enjoyed a diverse life, including as a U.S. Marine in World War II and the Korean War, a member of the fishing hall of fame and a skilled and accomplished hunter. He flew 39 combat missions in Korea and took enemy fire three times, including during an encounter that forced him to land his stricken jet on its belly."There're not many elements of his life that did not exude the same excellence as he did on the baseball field," said David Hunt, whose firm, Hunt Auctions Inc., is selling the memorabilia on behalf of Williams' daughter, Claudia Williams of Hernando, Fla. "And that is really unique ... He's sort of like the John Wayne of baseball and sports of that time period and I think that's evidenced by all these artifacts that documents his life."Among the nearly 800 items up for auction is a baseball in pristine condition that Babe Ruth autographed for Williams with the inscription "To my pal Ted Williams, From Babe Ruth." That unique ball is expected to go for between 100,000 and 200,000, Hunt said.The ball, which was stolen from the family's Florida home in the 1970s and not recovered until 2005, had a special place in Ted Williams' heart, his daughter said."Of course, the one item in the sale which meant so much to him as a baseball fan was the personalized baseball given to him by Babe Ruth," Claudia Williams said in an email to The Associated Press. "It influenced his personalizations to so many kids in the future, as he always loved the way Mr. Ruth signed the ball, Your pal.'"Others items include Williams' 1949 American League Most Valuable Player award valued between 150,000 and 250,000, a silver bat for winning the American League batting championship in 1957 valued between 100,000 and 200,000, as well as bats and jerseys that the slugger used, Hunt said as workers unpacked the memorabilia for display at a luxury suite at Fenway Park."These objects really just chronicle this man's life and, I think, show how great he was, not just as a baseball player," Hunt said.Claudia Williams says her dad's intent was always to auction the items for charity."I'm rather certain, in his last year with the Red Sox, he earned less than 100,000," she said. "So, my dad was always amazed at the sale prices garnered from sales of sports memorabilia."It is dearly important to me to include The Jimmy Fund in this event as it was at the center of my father's heart for so many years."Hunt said the auction caps a process that began nearly six years ago when his firm did some appraisals for her.Williams' daughter, Hunt said, had discussed selling some of the items with her father and brother, who both supported the idea. That occurred before Williams died in 2002, followed by his son in 2004.The 10-year anniversary of Williams' death at age 83 and Fenway Park's ongoing 100th anniversary celebrations provided an ideal timing for the auction, Hunt said."Claudia kept things that are important to her, donated things to museums ... Why not do this in celebration of his life, benefit the charity that he loved and make it a positive thing for everybody," Hunt said.Claudia Williams said: "I am incredibly proud of my father. My father lived a wonderful life, and did all he could for his fans, his country, and his family."
Joe Maddon has embraced the pressure and expectations all season, so why would he be any different at the first World Series game at Wrigley Field in 71 years?
Before Friday's Game 3, Maddon fielded a question he's been asked at least two dozen times this season: Who has been your biggest influences for management style?
Only this time, Maddon had a different answer prepared:
"Michael Scott is probably the biggest influence," Maddon said.
He then smirked and explained "The Office" reference for everybody who might not know before going on to his real answer, thanking Gene Mauch, Marcel Lachemann and others.
Of course, this isn't the first time Maddon has referenced Steve Carell's legendary TV character in a press conference.
Maddon has often used the line, "I'm not superstitious, but I'm a little stitious," which fits so perfectly with baseball and all the wacky superstitions married to the history of the game.
And on the South Side for Crosstown action, the media press conference room presents like a lecture hall at U.S. Cellular (soon to be Guaranteed Rate) Field.
Two years in a row, Maddon has said he feels like Michael Scott entering that room when "The Office" manager enters a lecture hall at Ryan's college classroom with boombox in hand.
The Cubs are hosting the World Series for the first time since 1945 which has created a huge buzz around the Windy City.
Paul Pabst, an executive producer on The Dan Patrick Show, came back to his hometown of Chicago to take a hilarious stroll down Wrigley Field to talk to lifelong Cubs fans prior to Game 3 of the World Series.
To list a few, Pabst interviews a fan who spent over $140,000 on World Series tickets, a 13-year-old, and God. (Yeah, you heard that right.)
Check out the entire video above.