How I met John Henry, Son of Baseball Legend, Ted Williams
It was late June 2003 and I found myself working with the son of Ted Williams, the greatest hitter of all time in Palatine Illinois, Harper College.
That year, In January 2003, John Henry wanted to hire me as his hitting coach, but the business details did not work out. John Henry had lots of holes in his swing that I knew I could fix, but he decided to work out in California with another coach. It wasn’t till he got cut from the Schaumburg Flyers Independent Team that we eventually hooked up again.
Knowing it was his last chance to live up to the Ted Williams legacy, I put John Henry through a series of specialized drills and tests that I helped him pass. These tests are the same tests I know professionals and even great travel, high school, college, and professional hitters can pass. In 2 days, I showed him a specialized technique that I learned from studying Ted Williams swing. This technique helped John Henry pass these challenging tests in 2 days and on the third day is when I met with him at Harper College.
That day, the son of Ted Williams claimed to feel the closest to his dad. Never hitting a home run in batting practice, John Henry started out with some good line drives, then some gap shots, then balls starting reaching fence. John Henry felt his swing coming on and eventually the balls were consistently flying over the right and left center Harper College walls.
He must have swung for a half hour straight and finally became satisfied after the 14th homer went over the Harper College fence. Ted Williams would have been proud of his only son that day, and John Henry said, while standing in the Harper College ball field, that it was the greatest time he’d ever had hitting a baseball.