When Ted Williams was 40 years old and closing out his career with the Boston Red Sox, he suffered from a pinched nerve. For the first time in his career, he batted under 300. Williams was the highest salaried player in sports that year, making $125,000. The Red Sox offered him the same contract for 1960, but he refused to accept it. Williams believed he had not produced for the team; therefore, he cut his own salary by $31,000.
Perhaps Ted 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 joy when we remember each person we treated fairly; and we will wince with guilt over each one we cheated.