Monday, June 5, 2017


When Ted Williams was 40 years old and closing out his

great career with the Boston Red Sox, he suffered from a pinched

nerve. For the first time in his storied career, he batted under

300. At that time Williams was the highest salaried player in

sports, making $125,000 per year. The Red Sox offered him the

same contract for the following year, but he refused to accept it.

Williams believed that he had not produced sufficiently for the

team; therefore, he cut his own salary by $31,000. Perhaps

Williams had an eye for something more important than hitting a

baseball. He had a keen sense of fairness and integrity.

If we live long enough to retire and look back across our

lives, we will smile with satisfaction when we remember each

person we treated fairly, and we will wince with guilt over each

one we cheated.


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