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. He was in the area to give a talk at an event at UC Berkeley 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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by Boston Globe,
"Halberstam's new masterpiece."
by New York Times Book Review,
"Elegant . . . a line drive stroked smartly and with delicate bat control."
"This account of good people living full lives . . . will move people the same way that Tuesdays with Morrie did."
by Publishers Weekly,
"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."
by Time magazine,
"A glorious, flaming, autumnal epilogue."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"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."
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.
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