“In the late 1940s, when the Red Sox were in Washington to play the Senators, Williams received a telegram from a doctor in North Carolina who was attending a dying boy. The doctor said the boy talked about him constantly and wondered if Williams could send him an autographed ball to give him a lift. Ted flew down [to Raleigh] to deliver the ball in person and returned to Washington that night.”
– From “The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams” by Ben Bradlee Jr. (2013)
According to Bradlee, the often-cantankerous Williams made at least three such long-distance deliveries, always avoiding publicity about his generosity.
John Blythe has detailed Williams’ earlier stay in Chapel Hill for Pre-Flight School.