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Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu: John Updike on Ted Williams Hardcover – April 29, 2010
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"The most celebrated baseball essay ever."
"Updike on Williams is a stirring spectacle. Nothing he wrote can top this astonishing piece."
"The greatest writer, in the greatest ballpark, on the greatest hitter who ever lived."
"No sportswriter ever wrote anything better."
"The piece that changed the way the sport is written. Updike made baseball the lyricist's game."
"Updike was a baseball writer only once, yet he wrote the finest baseball story I know of. He and Ted Williams shared a singular ambition: to be the best that ever played the game."
-Richard Ben Cramer
"It has the mystique."
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If you follow baseball and care about its storied past, or admire the writing of John Updike, then you will enjoy reading this piece. If you happen to belong to both camps -- if you're an Updike fan AND a baseball fan -- then put this at the top of your list of must-reads.
The question is whether you should spend your money on this particular setting of "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu." The article is available online where it can be read for free on several websites, including that of The New Yorker. In book form the piece has been much anthologized. It appears alongside contributions from the likes of William Carlos Williams, Don DeLillo, and Stephen King, in the elegant 721-page hardcover volume, Baseball: A Literary Anthology. It can be found in The Greatest Baseball Stories Ever Told: Thirty Unforgettable Tales from the Diamond (paperback), edited by Jeff Silverman, where it hides amongst 30 fiction and nonfiction pieces from a motley crew of writers such as Doris Kearns Godwin, Pete Hamill, Ring Lardner, P.G.Read more ›
Updike's reporting on Williams and his love-hate relationship with Boston, its sportswriters and Red Sox fans is a classic.
Even better, this edition also includes some nifty footnotes by the late Updike, written only months before his death last year, as well as excerpts from an article Updike wrote on Williams for Sport Magazine in 1986 and the obituary Updike wrote for the New York Times Magazine, marking Williams' death in 2002.
Updike's writing on Williams is a treasure trove for baseball fans that could be reasonably described as a holy grail on one of the greatest baseball players of all time. This is a book that should sit on every fan's bedside table to be read and reread even as baseball battles its drug addictions and overpays its current stars. It restores one's faith in the national past-time. Williams was, quite simply a classic. As is this book.
The book and memoir specifically is a personal account on the part of Updike’s love of the game that began as it does with many, as a child that continued well into adulthood. This shows within the opening passages of the book that is touching and succinct with only 47 pages of reflections and reminisces, especially, Updike recollects that moment in September when Williams walks on the field and the reaction that he observes from fans sitting right next to him of young and older fans from all walks of society and play by play of the game; this is displayed in the last ten pages of the book. Although the account is meant to be a detailed account, footnotes are also included to reprint an interesting biographical byline of the man and baseball player that began his careers at a young age of 18 years old and decided to call it a day by 42 years old.Read more ›
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Great short book by a poetic John Updike. I have read at least 5 books about Ted Williams and this one ranks among the best even if it is really just about one day in the life of... Read morePublished 10 days ago by Mr. Richard A. Sullivan
As a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan I have probably read this beloved essay over a hundred times. Anyone like myself probably already has a collection of Red Sox and Ted Williams... Read morePublished 2 months ago by J. K. Campbell
If you only buy one non-fiction book on the game, this is the best written short piece around. True to form John Updike.Published 17 months ago by Ivan M Schaeffer
A short book, was very interesting. A few more insights into the great hitter.Published 20 months ago by Yankee fan
A great read for Red Sox fans and for all baseball fans !Published on June 30, 2014 by Stephen T. Flanagan
This "book" a New Yorker magazine essay written by John Updike prior to his being a published novelist captures a magnificent moment in time - Williams' last at bat at... Read morePublished on April 25, 2014 by barbara pickens