- Series: Fireside Sports Classics
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; Reprint, Subsequent edition (March 15, 1988)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0671634232
- ISBN-13: 978-0671634230
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,557 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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My Turn at Bat: The Story of My Life (Fireside Sports Classics) Paperback – March 15, 1988
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About the Author
Ted Williams has also coauthored with John Underwood Fishing the Big Three and The Science of Hitting, which are available from Fireside/Simon & Schuster.
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Williams' first year, 1939, he hit 31 home runs and only got better from there. In 1941 he became the last major leaguer to hit .400, refusing to sit out the last game to protect his average. After a 3 year time in combat, he came back in 1946 and led the Sox to the pennant, the only one of his career. Despite losing 3 years to World War II and nearly another 2 in Korea, He still managed 521 home runs. His lifetime batting average was an impressive .344 and his lifetime on base % .484 (not a typo) remains the best ever.
Despite all these accomplishments though, Williams comes across a bitter man. The "Splendid Splinter," a.k.a "Teddy Ballgame"had several divorces, was accused of being a bad father, and had constant battles with the press and fans in Boston. He briefly managed the Washington Senators after retirement. In 2002 he died, at the age of 84.
but this autobiographical account really let me into his life. I loved reading every word of it.