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Albert R. Hunt

McCain Loved to Tell Stories. Here’s the One About Ted Williams.

Both men were once military pilots. And both were a little bit wild.

Fellow risk-taker.

Fellow risk-taker.

Photo by FPG/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Among his many passions, the late Senator John McCain was an avid sports fan with a special love of boxing and baseball. My favorite McCain story involved a tale he once told me about Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox.

We were flying back to Washington on a small plane on May 20, 2002, from a commencement address he’d given at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. We hit some scary turbulence.