April 8 1959 / fromthearchive / Globe Staff photo by Jack O'Connell / Ted Williams wears a Thomas collar as he leaves New England Baptist Hospital where he had been hospitalized for 11 days for a neck ailment. Williams made it a point to visit all of the working personnel at the hospital, shaking hands and having a word with each nurse, doctor and technician he encountered. When he arrived at the street, he autographed papers for two young girls.