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The Teammatesby 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.
"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
"A glorious, flaming, autumnal epilogue." Time magazine
"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
"What brings the story full circle and gives it added depth are the visits with the very ill Williams — visits in which the twinkle-eyed curmudgeon showed brief sparks of the man his friends had loved for almost 60 years." Wes Lukowsky, Booklist
Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky were all members of the famed 1940Us Boston Red Sox. Halberstam, the bestselling author of "Summer of '49, " has followed the members of the team and reveals how these four became friends, and how that friendship thrived for more than 60 years. 12 illustrations.
About the Author
Author David Halberstam writes that one of the happiest days of his life was the day he met Ted Williams. A Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Halberstam is the author of 14 national bestsellers, including The Best and the Brightest and Firehouse. He lives with his family in New York City.
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