Ted Williams, the Splendid Splinter, grew up in the North Park section of San Diego, California.
His boyhood home is located at 4121 Utah Street.
The home is a modest, one story bungalow.
Williams lived there with his family from 1924 until left San Diego to play for the Boston Red Sox in 1939.
One half block south down Utah Street and one block west on Polk Avenue is North Park Community Park, where Williams played as a child. The park includes a baseball field named in Williams’s honor.
The Kid played youth baseball on this same field when he was just a kid.
Both Williams’s house and the ball field look much like they did when Williams lived in the neighborhood.
Williams played baseball for Herbert Hoover High School in San Diego and signed with the minor league San Diego Padres in 1936 when he was just 17 years old. He played two seasons for the Padres, in 1936 and 1937.
Lane Field, home of the San Diego Padres, was located just five miles south of Williams’s house. While the ballpark has been gone for over 50 years, and its former site is now a parking lot, redevelopment plans are underway which would include a marker for the site of home plate and possibly a statute of Williams.
If you are interested in baseball history, certainly Williams’s former home and youth baseball field are worth a stop. They are both just five and a half miles north of Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres, and easily accessible by taking the Cabrillo Freeway north to Washington Street east and then east on El Cajon Boulevard.