A ‘Splinter’ of history: Local man recalls day spent fishing with the ‘best ever’

Linda Gallagher, Associate Editor

Photo by Dave Lein

Carl Peterson, of Elk Rapids, holds the fishing rod that was sent to him decades ago by baseball Hall of Famer Ted Williams.

ELK RAPIDS – The legendary Ted Williams, thought by some – including himself – to be the best hitter ever in the sport of baseball, once said to a Boston sports writer, later written up in Esquire magazine about his part-time passion of fishing, "Ain't no one in heaven or earth ever knew more about fishing."

But it often took knowledgeable guides to find Williams those fish so he could display his incomparable knowledge of angling.

And on one unforgettable day in rural Maine many years ago, it took two youngsters – including Elk Rapids resident Carl Peterson – to show the 19-time All Star where those fish were hiding.

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