Ted Steeg

Ted Steeg, photographed in his home in NYC. ©Tony Gale

Ted Steeg, photographed in his home in NYC. ©Tony Gale

Ted Steeg

Sun-tanned,blue-eyed, Hollywood handsome, Ted is the guy all the other guys wanted to be. Oh yes, the ladies just might adore this hero of Dan Wakefield’s 1997 biographical novel Going All The Way, later portrayed by Ben Affleck in the movie, a movie in which Ted played another role.
Lithe, athletic, Teddy was cheered  as “swivel hips” in his days as a half-back for the 1951 , 7-0-1 Wabash College Football Team and was later invited to the L.A. Rams training camp.
Playing another role, Ted directed what some have called “the most watched film in history”, the award winning instructional film shown to most people who are about to serve on a jury in NY State.
And, of course, he is remembered in Woodstock, a place equally worthy of its own mystique, where he has had a home for years and  where he pitched  for the champion Deanie’s Whippets in the town’s softball league.
Once- it must have been a summer weekday in the late 70′s- the Whips had a six o’clock game and Ted had business in The City that wouldn’t be concluded in time to take the mound 100 miles away. His application to the town fathers for a permit to land a helicopter on the softball field was regrettably denied. But we could all imagine Teddy in cut-offs stepping off that huey in a cloud of dust and firing a first pitch strike to get things going.

Sun-tanned,blue-eyed, Hollywood handsome, Ted is the guy all the other guys wanted to be. Oh yes, the ladies just might adore this hero of Dan Wakefield’s 1997 biographical novel Going All The Way, later portrayed by Ben Affleck in the movie, a movie in which Ted played another role.

Lithe, athletic, Teddy was cheered  as “swivel hips” in his days as a half-back for the 1951 , 7-0-1 Wabash College Football Team and was later invited to the L.A. Rams training camp.

Playing another role, Ted directed what some have called “the most watched film in history”, the award winning instructional film shown to most people who are about to serve on a jury in NY State.

And, of course, he is remembered in Woodstock, a place equally worthy of its own mystique, where he has had a home for years and  where he pitched  for the champion Deanie’s Whippets in the town’s softball league.

Once- it must have been a summer weekday in the late 70′s- the Whips had a six o’clock game and Ted had business in The City that wouldn’t be concluded in time to take the mound 100 miles away. His application to the town fathers for a permit to land a helicopter on the softball field was regrettably denied. But we could all imagine Teddy in cut-offs stepping off that huey in a cloud of dust and firing a first pitch strike to get things going.

Nominated by Brandon Remler, described by Peter Remler

2 comments

  1. Nancy Steeg Vastola

    Several years ago while sitting in the jury select room in Buffalo, NY I viewed an informational jury service film and was amazed to see the production credit of Ted Steeg. Ted Steeg was my father’s name (b.1931 d.2003), my brother’s name and my nephew’s name. The original Ted Steeg in our family was actually great grand father Theodore Lawrence Steeg…..and so the name is generational to us. My father’s family came to the USA from Thann, Alsace, France with the immigrant migration of the late 1800s. I wonder if Ted Steeg of NYC is on the same family tree? In any event there were at least 4 others named Ted Steeg.

  2. i just stumbled onthis. my family also came over from the alsace lorraine in the 1800′s. do you have information about your family that might help me trace mine back to europe? maybe we are related.

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