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The Teammatesby David Halberstam
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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
More than 6 years after his death David Halberstam remains one of this country's most respected journalists and revered authorities on American life and history in the years since WWII. A Pulitzer Prize-winner for his ground-breaking reporting on the Vietnam War, Halberstam wrote more than 20 books, almost all of them bestsellers. His work has stood the test of time and has become the standard by which all journalists measure themselves.
The Teammatesis 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.This is a book--filled with historical details and first-hand accounts--about baseball and about something more: the richness of friendship.
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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