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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.

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"Halberstam's new masterpiece." Boston Globe

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"Elegant . . . a line drive stroked smartly and with delicate bat control." New York Times Book Review

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"This account of good people living full lives . . . will move people the same way that Tuesdays with Morrie did." Booklist

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"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

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"A glorious, flaming, autumnal epilogue." Time magazine

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"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

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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.

Synopsis:

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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Andrea Neufeld, April 17, 2009 (view all comments by Andrea Neufeld)
Please note that the bio on Halberstam contained a fairly significant error, stating that he (currently) lives in NY with his family. Only according to some....others would say: Halberstam died on April 23, 2007 in a traffic crash in Menlo Park, California near the Dumbarton Bridge.[5] He was in the area to give a talk at an event at UC Berkeley[6][7] and was on his way to Mountain View to interview Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Y.A. Tittle for a book about the 1958 NFL Championship. Halberstam's driver Kevin Jones, a graduate student at the UC Berkeley Journalism School who was given the opportunity to drive Halberstam to the interview by the department, pleaded no contest to misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges
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mbtm2003, April 14, 2009 (view all comments by mbtm2003)
I absolutely LOVED this book! It is a must-read for any serious baseball fan, especially if you enjoy reading about the old-school players. The love and camaradie amongst these particular 4 players is very evident, even as one nears the end of a fruitful and full life. The author was very lucky to have had such intimate access to these players, and I am so glad that he was able to capture their story so vividly. This is one book I would gladly read over and over.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780786888672
Author:
Halberstam, David
Publisher:
Hyperion Books
Author:
Halberstam, David
Subject:
General
Subject:
Baseball players
Subject:
Baseball - History
Subject:
Sports - Baseball
Subject:
Male friendship
Subject:
Boston red sox (baseball team)
Subject:
Baseball players -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Subject:
Sports and Fitness-Baseball General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
TradePB
Publication Date:
20040531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
14.00 in.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 224 pages Hyperion Books - English 9780786888672 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Halberstam's new masterpiece."
"Review" by , "Elegant . . . a line drive stroked smartly and with delicate bat control."
"Review" by , "This account of good people living full lives . . . will move people the same way that Tuesdays with Morrie did."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "A glorious, flaming, autumnal epilogue."
"Review" by , "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."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

"Synopsis" by , 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.
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