All-Time Easiest Baseball Movie Casting

It never happened, but had they done “The Ted Williams Story” on film during the Splendid Splinter’s shared lifetime with the wonderful actor Robert Ryan, there’s no doubt in my mind that the latter could have played the surly Hall of Fame great hitter better than anyone else – and as the easiest “no-brainer” casting in baseball movie history. Ryan possessed the same range of emotional expression as Ted Williams, he was nine years older than the BoSox star; they both were athletic; and Ryan’s 6’4″ height actually was an inch higher into the blue than the 6’3″ Williams.

We could spend the rest of the weekend doing this, but here is one facial picture comparison that pretty much says it all for the final resemblance connection:

Ted Williams. 6’3″
Lifetime: 1918-2002


Robert Ryan, 6’4″
Lifetime: 1909-1973


Got to cut it short this Saturday. This is one of those “everybody-has-’em-sooner-or-later” homeowner joy periods in which we are wrapping up Day II of “The AC Pan That Leaked Over Onto the Surface in the Attic and Wrought the Need for New Sheet Rock on the 2nd Floor Ceiling” episode. And I needed to write this much and no more as a distraction to my own thoughts about how houses today are built by people who know that they are going to be long gone from the picture by the time the problems of their construction shortcuts reveal themselves years later to the homeowner and the revved-up repair industry that now relies upon their eventual appearance.

What were we discussing so recently? – Oh yes. Integrity.


Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle



One Response to “All-Time Easiest Baseball Movie Casting”

  1. Cliff Blau Says:

    I think you hit the nail right on the head with Ryan.

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