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Ted Williams: Reflections on a Splendid Life (Sportstown Series) Paperback – March 6, 2003

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Product Details

  • Series: Sportstown Series
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Northeastern (March 6, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 155553550X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555535506
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,202,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

A well-selected collection of articles about baseball great Ted Williams, this volume works on many levels. A slice of 20th-century American literature, it chronicles the evolution of sports journalism from Red Smith to Pete Gammons while showcasing selections from literary giants like John Updike and Donald Hall. Arranged chronologically, the collection works as a biographical collage and stunning account of the cyclical nature of American hero worship. Not surprisingly, several less flattering pieces on the cantankerous Williams are included, but instead of detracting from Williams's legend they help present a comprehensive picture of a man so captivating that more than half this volume's works were written after his 1960 retirement. Collectively, these articles tell readers almost as much about the featured writers as they do about the slugger himself. This is partly attributable to Williams's image as the reluctant hero, but also to the fact that Williams courted both favor and disdain with his single-minded determination to make himself the world's greatest hitter, fisherman, combat pilot and philanthropist, all pursuits as solitary as putting pen to paper. So many of the writers insert themselves into their stories as a means of explaining Williams's complex personality that the underlying similarity between the slugger and the writers becomes a theme of the collection, exemplifying Williams's irresistible lure for reporters, novelists, poets and even mathematicians. Thanks to this unprecedented connection between athlete and authors, this compilation stands as a fitting literary epitaph for a man who may never get one set in stone. Illus. not seen by PW.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.


“Williams is well honored in a new anthology of the best writing about his life and career.”—Sports Collectors Digest

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aaron on April 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
Im 17 years old and hardly pick up a book , but I couldnt seem to put this one down , I find myself reading this book 3 hours a day. These are all articles of Ted Williams life that go in order from when he was a young kid to a old man. Its not just about his baseball side , but also about his love of fishing and who he really is behind the baseball image. It doesnt just tell you that he did something but how he did it ( dislike fans , visited kids in hospital , hate writers , sent money to his father even know he hadnt seen him in over 10 years , and why he was so generous to others ). Ive read alot about Ted Williams but I learned alot more about him in this book. I highly reccomend this book to anyone whos interested in " The Kid "
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on July 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
Compiled and edited by lifelong Boston Red Sox fan Lawrence Baldassaro (who is also Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), Reflections On A Splendid Life: Ted Williams is a remarkable tribute to the talented baseball player who won six batting titles and two Triple Crowns, and in 1941, was the last player to hit over .400. In addition to his legend on the baseball field, he served as a fighter pilot in World War II and worked on behalf of the Jimmy Fund to fight against cancer in children. Reflections On A Splendid Life collects writings and photographs of Williams, from his rookie year in 1939 to his death in July 2002. Articles by sportswriters, best-selling authors, and those who knew and respected the remarkable Ted Williams fill the pages of this one-of-a-kind compilation. This is a "must read" for all Ted Williams fans!
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