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Fans of all stripes drawn to museum

One time, while die-hard Red Sox fan Mike Mones and his wife, Joyce, were shopping for a car a couple of years ago, Mike got to talking to the salesman, another big Red Sox fan, and drove off, leaving Joyce behind at the dealership.

"We were talking about the Red Sox so much that I just forgot she wasn't back there," Mike Mones said.

"He'll pick the Red Sox over me, I'll tell you," Joyce Mones said.

The 62-year-old isn't from Boston, but Treasure Island, and has been a Ted Williams and Red Sox fan since he was 11. He watches just about every Red Sox game by satellite.

Mones, decked out in Red Sox attire, was one of nearly 300 drawn to the Ted Williams Museum and Hitters Hall of Fame Saturday morning. Admission was free all day, marking the first anniversary of Williams' death.

But Red Sox fans weren't the only ones there. There also was 11-year-old White Sox fan Andy Simek, of Illinois. Orioles fans and Maryland natives Beverly and Fred Herman, who now live in Beverly Hills. And there even was _ gasp _ a Yankees fan.

Wearing a Yankees baseball cap and T-shirt, former Yankees minor leaguer Jack Killoren, 73, who is originally from Boston, said he got harassed on his way into the museum.

He sat down for a picture next to a statue of Williams out front, and someone said, "You got nerve wearin' Yankees clothes and takin' your picture with Ted Williams."

The comment didn't stop Killoren from going in. In the nearly eight years he has lived in Crystal River with his wife, Brenda Killoren, Saturday morning was the first trip he made to the museum.

He wasn't alone. Several Citrus County residents were first-timers.

Bob Moll, 79, of Lecanto, was one of them in awe over the museum's collection of memorabilia. "The man was one of the greatest hitters in baseball," he said.