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Ted Williams, My Father: A Memoir Hardcover – May 13, 2014
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“In her forthright, uncompromising but loving memoir Claudia Williams recalls life with her famous father…Few sports figures have attracted as many authors as Ted Williams; there are Ted books aplenty. But this memoir truly stands out, simply because it offers insights no other author could.” (Boston Globe)
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Candid and unforgettable, a daughter's story of family, devotion, and growing up with the greatest hitter who ever lived
Claudia Williams first heard the crowds of Fenway Park scream her father's name two decades after he retired from the game. The world knew him as Ted Williams, The Kid, and Teddy Ballgame; at age ten, Claudia only knew him as Dad. Their life together had little to do with Triple Crowns and batting titles—instead their world consisted of casting fishing lines in New Brunswick, cross-country road trips, and squabbling at "feeding time."
Now, in this tender and surprising memoir, Claudia, Ted Williams's last surviving child, recounts her time with one of baseball's brightest stars, offering a rare glimpse inside the Hall of Famer's life after he hung up his spikes. With a fresh insight, she presents an unexpected portrait of Ted Williams as more than the greatest hitter to ever live, but also as a flawed man with a kind heart. Having the larger-than-life and often intimidating "Kid" as a father was tumultuous, but never boring, and along with her older brother, John-Henry, Claudia learned to navigate their father's hot temper and eccentricities to get to know the great man beneath.
Though Claudia grew up in her brother's shadow, she proved herself as an athlete and a daughter, ultimately becoming her father's caretaker and confidante. Their relationship evolved throughout her life, but they eventually formed a bond built on love, respect, and loyalty that both she and her brother shared. Opening up for the first time about the rumors that her family faced during Ted Williams's final years as well as his controversial choice to be cryogenically preserved after his death, Claudia details the full story behind her father's decision, showing that, rather than an impulsive act in his last days, it was the product of extensive family discussion that addressed his doubts about organized religion and his struggle with the end of life.
Filled with personal stories of his strengths and weaknesses, accomplishments and regrets, Claudia's poignant account tells the story of a complicated man and the family he loved. Complete with sixteen pages of photos, Ted Williams, My Father is a love letter to Claudia's lost dynasty and her greatest hero, Ted Williams.
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Baseball is a game where you are judged by yours stats: 2 Time MVP, 6 Time Batting Champion, 17 Time All-Star and 2 Time Triple Crown Winner. A lifetime .344 Batting Average with 521 Career Home Runs and a .482 OBP. The last MLB player to hit .400 when in 1941 he hit .406. All this while serving 3 years in the Navy and Marine Corps for WWII and 2 years in the Korean War.
I am reminded of Matthew 7.1 "Do Not Judge or You Will Be Judged." Ted Williams had flaws, a complicated man who sometimes took the English language to another level. Often impatient with an explosive temper. "Who among us does not have flaws? Who does not bear scars? Each of our journey's unique. Our adversities leave upon us lasting marks. They show us all that we have overcome. Life; a constant struggle, and choosing not to give in, we rise above."
Claudia Williams wrote this book to clarify many misconceptions but more importantly to honor her father who she dearly loved. She wanted people to know her father as she did; not the baseball player, fisherman or Marine. Like my Uncle, Ted Williams was a perfectionist on and off the field who hated mediocrity, and was overwhelming on every level. He played The Greatest Game on Earth and in Life.
In Ted Williams My Father Claudia "Hits For The Cycle."
Before you judge read her book!
I was especially intrigued by how Celebrity is such a double edged sword in our Society. Ted was adored by millions and was treated as royalty by even presidents and superstars. Unfortunately, he couldn't even spend a night out eating with his family at the local diner. The book gives a rare insight into what it feels like to be at that table in a restaurant through a real family members eyes. It is eerie.
Highly Recommended Great Read !!
She shares a tale of her families struggle and the strength of their personalities which allowed them to overcome the demons that plague
Those who bring their talent to entertain us. This is a deeply moving story that will not be lost over time as there is honesty in its telling.