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No Easy Way: the Story of Ted Williams and the Last .400 Season Hardcover – February 4, 2010
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He played at junior high, high school, and then for several minor-league teams. Ted kept practicing and playing until he "was good enough for the major leagues." He was elated when he stepped off the train in Boston. His rookie year was sensational and the newspapers began to give him flattering nicknames. A .327 batting average was nothing to sneeze at, but there was something else he had his eye on and that was a .400. No one had ever done that before. Practice, play, practice, play, practice, play . . . those blisters had long ago turned to calluses. At the end of the season in 1941 he was pounding that ball like no tomorrow. His average was up, it was down and with just two games before the end of the season his average was .39955, technically a .400. Was Ted going to risk it and play those two games or was he going to rest on his laurels and stay on the bench?
This exciting book will bring back memories for the old timers and create some new young fans for the great Ted Williams.Read more ›
Rather than write a conventional biography of Williams, Bowen chose to concentrate on Williams' 1941 season with the Red Sox, the year he hit .406, a feat no other baseball player has come close to equalling in the following 60 or so years. We learn a bit about Williams' background growing up in San Diego in the 1930's, during the Depression. Right away Williams' enormous ambition is highlighted:
From the time he was young, he knew exactly what he wanted to be. "My dream was to walk down the street and have people say, 'There goes Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever lived.'"
Bowen emphasizes Williams' dedication to the sport, and the hours he spent practicing, before and after school, until blisters grew into hard, ugly calluses on his hands. Why spend so much time practicing? Because Ted "knew there was no easy way to become the greatest hitter who ever lived. No easy way to do the single most difficult thing in sports: to hit a round ball with a round bat." No other player, Bowen tells us, practiced more than Ted, even when he made the major leagues, not only swinging the bat over and over but also squeezing rubber balls to make his wrists and forearms strong.Read more ›
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Wasn't the right book for my son .Probably for a 7-10 yr old .A introduction to him at bestPublished 13 months ago by james olsen
Read to grades 3 & 4 in the school library. The book was enjoyed by all. We are working to get the Fred Bowen Series into our school library.Published on May 6, 2013 by Candyce Walters