From Library Journal
Williams, perhaps baseball's greatest hitter, was a controversial figure during his playing years. His baiting of the press, especially in Boston where he spent 19 years with the Red Sox, is almost as legendary as his swing. Seidel, author of Streak: Joe DiMaggio and the Summer of '41 (LJ 5/1/88), researched contemporary records and interviewed Williams's acquaintances for this book. Many of Williams's cohorts had few positive things to say about the legendary ballplayer. However, Seidel manages to keep his account balanced, painting a larger picture of the nature of baseball in the 1940s and 1950s. Others have chronicled Williams's life, most notably the ballplayer himself in the classic My Turn at Bat ( LJ 8/1/69), but Seidel's work should stand the test of time as an accurate, evenhanded portrait. This is recommended for young adults and general collections.- Cindy Faries, Pennsylva nia State Univ. Lib., University Park
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"There have been dozens of books on the Splendid Splinter over the years; Seidel's is one of the best at capturing the many facets of Williams' mercurial personality and the rhythms of Boston society during his years as baseball's finest hitter."—USA Today Baseball Weekly
(USA Today Baseball Weekly