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The Teammates: A Portrait of Friendshipby David Halberstam
Synopses & Reviews
Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky were all members of the famed 1940's Boston Red Sox. Their legendary careers led the Red Sox to a pennant championship and ensured the men a place in sports history.
David Halberstam, the bestselling author of the baseball classic Summer of '49, has followed the members of the 1949 championship Boston Red Sox team for years, especially Williams, Doerr, DiMaggio, and Pesky. In this extremely moving book, Halberstam reveals how these four teammates became friends, and how that friendship thrived for more than 60 years.
The book opens with Pesky and DiMaggio travelling to see the ailing Ted Williams in Florida. It's the last time they will see him. The journey is filled with nostalgia and memories, but seeing Ted is a shock. The most physically dominating of the four friends, Ted now weighs only 130 pounds and is hunched over in a wheelchair. Dom, without even thinking about it, starts to sing opera and old songs like "Me and My Shadow" to his friend.
Filled with stories of their glory days with the Boston Red Sox, memories of legendary plays and players, and the reaction of the remaining three to Ted Williams' recent death, The Teammates offers us a rare glimpse into the lives of these celebrated men — and great insight into the nature of loyalty and friendship.
"Halberstam's new masterpiece." Boston Globe
"Elegant . . . a line drive stroked smartly and with delicate bat control." New York Times Book Review
"This account of good people living full lives . . . will move people the same way that Tuesdays with Morrie did." Booklist
"A short but sweet account of the lives and friendship of four ballplayers from the legendary Boston Red Sox teams of the 1940s....Halberstam has a great eye for the telling detail behind an athlete's facade." Publishers Weekly
"A glorious, flaming, autumnal epilogue." Time magazine
"Affectionate, informed, and smooth-as-cream portrait of four Boston Red Sox greats and their abiding friendship over many years....A string of pearly anecdotes that reverberate far beyond the diamond." Kirkus Reviews
Now in paperback, the New York Times bestselling The Teammates — David Halberstam's stirring tribute to the golden age of baseball and to friendship.
The Teammates is the profoundly moving story of four great baseball players who have made the passage from sports icons — when they were young and seemingly indestructible — to men dealing with the vulnerabilities of growing older. At the core of the book is the friendship of these four very different men — Boston Red Sox teammates Bobby Doerr, Dominic DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky, and Ted Williams — who remained close for more than sixty years.
The book starts out in early October 2001, when Dominic DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky begin a 1,300-mile trip by car to visit their beloved friend Ted Williams, whom they know is dying. Bobby Doerr, the fourth member of this close group — "my guys," Williams used to call them — is unable to join them. Doerr is back in Oregon tending to his wife of sixty-three years, who has suffered a second stroke.
Acclaimed author David Halberstam has given us a book — filled with historical details and first-hand accounts — about baseball and about something more, the richness of friendship.
Filled with historical details and firsthand accounts, this moving story focuses on four baseball greats — Bobby Doerr, Dominic DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams — whose 60-year friendship saw them through the transition from sports icons to men dealing with growing old.
About the Author
David Halberstam, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting from Vietnam at the age of 30, is one of America's best-known journalists and historians. His last 13 books have all been national bestsellers. Both The Best and the Brightest, the story of how and why America went to war in Vietnam, and Summer of '49, about the Yankee-Red Sox pennant race, went to number one on the New York Times bestseller list. He lives in New York City.
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