August 31, 2009 |
It happened so quickly -- almost in the blink of an eye -- that Carroll Hardy remembers precious few details. It seemed so insignificant. "Nobody thought a thing about it," Hardy says. "It wasn't a big deal, that's for sure." The date was Sept. 20, 1960. Hardy, a baseball journeyman, was nestled into his usual spot on the bench. The reserve outfielder and his Boston Red Sox teammates were in Baltimore, where Ted Williams was playing out the final days of his Hall of Fame career.