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A fitting tribute to Williams
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07/22/2002 9:46 pm ET 
A fitting tribute to Williams
By Ian Browne / MLB.com

The No. 9 shines from the Prudential building in Boston during the tribute ceremony for Ted Williams. (Brita Meng Outzen/MLB.com)
BOSTON -- The Red Sox promised an event on Monday night that would celebrate the life of Ted Williams more than it would mourn his death. That promise was delivered with a stirring tribute at Fenway Park that those in attendance or watching on television will probably never forget.

A crowd of 20,500 was on hand on a beautiful summer night. All the proceeds from the event went to the Jimmy Fund, a cancer-fighting institution that was always near and dear to Williams' heart. A less formal non-ticketed event took place in the morning, during which roughly 12,000 fans entered the park and paid their respects.

Later that evening, the legacy of a baseball icon was celebrated through music, video and spoken words. Red Sox former (Carl Yastrzemski, Johnny Pesky, Dom DiMaggio) and current (Nomar Garciaparra) participated in the event -- and provided their remembrances of No. 9.