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The teammates
Halberstam, David.
Adult Nonfiction GV865.A1 H33 2003

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Famed journalist and baseball aficionado Halberstam (Summer of '49) presents a short but sweet account of the lives and friendship of four ballplayers from the legendary Boston Red Sox teams of the 1940s: Ted Williams, Dominic DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr. Told in a series of flashbacks as DiMaggio and Pesky drive from Massachusetts to Florida to see an ailing Williams for what was probably their last time, Halberstam's story is less a biography and more a reverie for "men of a certain generation, born right at the end of World War I" who "had seized on baseball as their one chance to get ahead in America." The book tells the various ways each player "shared an era," from their childhoods to their first meetings through their long tenures with the Red Sox. As in his other sports books, Halberstam has a great eye for the telling detail behind an athlete's facade, whether it is Williams's sense of himself as "a scared, unwanted, unloved kid from a miserable home" or Pesky's stoic acceptance of being blamed for the Red Sox's loss in the seventh game of the 1946 World Series, when in fact-as Halberstam clearly shows-it was not Pesky's fault at all. Fans of Halberstam's work will be satisfied by his chapter-long description of that crucial World Series game. But that is merely the more obviously exciting part of a book in which the main pleasures are more quiet glimpses of the four friends, including Doerr's calming influence over the more explosive Williams, DiMaggio's heroic fight against Paget's disease and the friends' final, touching meeting with Williams in Florida. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Upon his death last year, Williams-arguably the game's greatest hitter-was bizarrely placed by his son into a state of frozen limbo at a cryonic facility. Halberstam here gives "Teddy Ballgame" the dignified commemoration he deserves through the memories of the 60-year friendship between Williams and Boston teammates from the 1940s-Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky. The book, a portrait of both a particular sports era and a lasting friendship that transcended it, includes the men's moving final visit with their dying friend. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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