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The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship Paperback – April 28, 2004
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Warm and nostalgic, the book opens in October, 2001, as Dom DiMaggio, accompanied by Boston writer Dick Flavin and Johnny Pesky, makes a melancholy car trip from Boston to Florida to pay a last visit to Ted Williams, who is dying. As the men drive from Boston to Florida, they reminisce about their playing days more than fifty years in the past, recalling anecdotes about their friendship and talking about their lives, post-baseball.
Halberstam uses these memories as the framework of this book, describing the men from their teenage years. All were from the West Coast, all were about the same age, all arrived in Boston to begin their careers within the same two-year period, and all shared similar values. Ted Williams, "the undisputed champion of contentiousness," was the most dominant of the group. Bobby Doerr was Williams's closest friend and roommate, "a kind of ambassador from Ted to the rest of the world," Doerr himself being "very simply among the nicest and most balanced men.Read more ›
In just under 200 pages, we travel with DiMaggio, Pesky, and friend Dick Flavin from Massachusetts to Florida to pay one last visit to their beloved teammate before his death. We learn about the remarkably similar paths each player took to the big league Red Sox, and what a different world baseball was before free agency. We get a peek at the closeness between these men - a bond stronger than family ties.
It's remarkable, for instance, to learn that Joe DiMaggio, the great icon who hit in 56 straight games, led the Yankees through all those glory years, and married Marilyn Monroe, actually felt that his brother Dominic had bettered him in life. Dominic a successful, always hardworking businessman, retired wealthy after running a manufacturing company and had a tighter relationship with Ted Williams than with Joe. He was there for Ted, visiting and calling every day right up to Ted's death. It's remarkable that each of Ted's teammates Doerr, Pesky and DiMaggio seemed to have had more successful lives outside baseball than Ted ever could. Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio...American legends, yet they never had much success with families or work...precisely what Ted's teammates were great at.Read more ›
Pulitzer Prize winner Halberstam writes admiringly, often inserting his own personal remarks. He is not just an observer, he is a fan. Halberstam carries the men through their playing careers up to a final road trip that Pesky and DiMaggio make to Florida to visit with their dying friend Ted Williams. Everyone should be so lucky to be part of a group of friends like these--but, sadly, few do.
This is an easy read, but not one for younger baseball fans. Halberstam quotes Ted Williams accurately (and Williams freely uses profanity). This does not damage the book, in fact, it reflects reality, but it does make it the written equivalent of a PG-13 movie.
When Halberstam writes, it is well worth reading. This is no exception.
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The friendship of four hall of fame Red Sox players is portrayed in a book that's less about baseball than it is about the bonds that tie players together past their playing days.Published 6 days ago by John E Russo
An excellent message about the true meaning and need for serving one and other as teammates both on and off the ball field.Published 12 days ago by Evan Francis
Wonderful book. If you like baseball stories and gain insights into the lives of the players this is a great book. Halberstam is a good writer and an excellent researcher. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bill Van Lowe
It is extremely rare to have real friends (as contrasted with pals or acquaintances) in any stage of life - rarer still for such friendships to last decades into old age and the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by jd
Don't even have to be a Red Sox fan to enjoy this heartwarming story of good friends, friends over a lifetime. And David Halberstam is a great writer.Published 5 months ago by John O'Connell
A poignant journey down memory lane for these favorite former baseball stars. Following four great Boston Red Sox take one last visit to their venerable teammate, Ted Williams. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Wayne J. Street Jr.
A great read for baseball fans, Red Sox Fans and anyone who values long-term friendships.
The warm and moving odyssey of four ballplayers who played in a bygone era when... Read more
A very readable, mostly interesting book, but be advised it's not so much a baseball book as it is about four long-retired, very old former ballplayers getting together one last... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Michael Iapoce