The Teammates : A Portrait of a Friendship (Hardcover)

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Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky were all members of the famed 1940's Boston Red Sox. Halberstam, the bestselling author of "Summer of '49, " has followed the members of the team and reveals how these four became friends, and how that friendship thrived for more than 60 years. 12 illustrations.

From The Publisher:
In early October 2001, Dominic DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky begin a 1,300-mile trip by car to visit their beloved teammate Ted Williams, knowing that he is dying. Bobby Doerr, the fourth member of this close group -- "my guys," Williams used to call them -- is unable to be with them because he is back in Oregon tending to his wife of sixty-three years, Monica, who has suffered her second stroke.

Thus begins David Halberstam's The Teammates, a profoundly human story of four great ballplayers who have made the passage from sports icons -- when they were young and seemingly indestructible -- to men dealing with the vulnerabilities of growing older. At the core of the book is the friendship of these four very different but extraordinary men, the key players in a remarkable Boston Red Sox team, who stayed close to each other for more than sixty years.

First among them was Ted Williams, not only a dominating player but a dominating personality as well. "It was like there was a star on top of his head, pulling everyone toward him like a beacon," recalls Johnny Pesky. Pesky met the others when he was still a clubhouse boy in Portland and they would tip him a quarter to shine their shoes. He would soon become one of the league's toughest hitters and something of a little brother to Williams. Dom DiMaggio, the center fielder, was an athlete carried as much by his remarkable intelligence as by his natural talent. Small and bespectacled, he grew up partially in the shadow of his older brother, but would end up a seven-time American League All-Star. It was to Dom that Ted would increasingly turn for support in later years. And then there was future Hall of Famer Bobby Doerr, a professional ballplayer at sixteen, who right from the start displayed a natural grace and maturity that made him the perfect buddy for the temperamental, ever-contentious Williams.

The Teammates is the story of two trips: the final one that DiMaggio and Pesky are taking to see Williams, and another, a flight back in time, as they and Bobby Doerr recall the wonders of their years together and reminisce about a magical era. What Halberstam has given us is a book about baseball, and something more, the richness of friendship..

About The Author:
David Halberstam, winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his reporting from Vietnam at the age of thirty, is one of America's best-known journalists and historians. His last thirteen books have all been national bestsellers. Both "The Best and the Brightest," the story of how and why America went to war in Vietnam, and "Summer of 49," about the Yankee-Red Sox pennant race, went to number one on the New York Times bestseller list. Halberstam is a member of the elective Society of American Historians.


Publisher Hyperion Books
Mfg Part# 9781401300579
SKU 31116966
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 140130057X
Release Date 5/1/2003
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.5H x 6L x 0.75T
Author Info
David Halberstam
The son of a doctor and a teacher, David Halberstam grew up in the New York area, went to Harvard, and immediately after graduating went to Mississippi for his first newspaper job--from which he was abruptly dismissed. His second job was with the legendary Nashville Tennessean, where he covered the civil rights movement and learned the craft of reporting from his colleagues. "With all due respect to the faculty," he told a 2005 Columbia University graduating class, ''in the end, journalists mostly teach each other." His experiences in the south eventually found their way into one of his many best-selling books, THE CHILDREN, in 1999. In 1960, Halberstam got a job with the New York Times and was sent to Vietnam, where his accurate reporting upset President Kennedy enough to cause him to complain to the newspaper's publisher (to no avail) and for which Halberstam won a Pulitzer Prize in 1964. After leaving the Times, he embarked on perhaps the most noted book of his career, THE BEST AND THE BRIGHTEST, published in 1972, which analyzed how the U.S. got mired in the Vietnam War as the result of bad decisions by supposedly gifted advisors, including McGeorge Bundy, Dean Rusk, and Robert McNamara. | |Halberstam wrote primarily for magazines such as Harper's and Esquire, focusing on American life, and his books include a popular history, THE FIFTIES, and a book on media and power, THE POWERS THAT BE. Halberstam is also remembered for many books on sports, including THE SUMMER OF '49, which chronicles the rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, as well as OCTOBER, 1964, on the last days of the Yankee dynasty, and a book on rowing called THE AMATEURS. He wrote THE EDUCATION OF A COACH, a portrait of Bill Belichick, and was working on a book on the football player Y.A. Tittle when he was killed in a car accident in 2007. Those last books may reflect Halberstam's own dedication to the younger generations of journalists by sharing anecdotes and giving advice. In that same 2005 commencement address at Columbia, he advised the graduates to have courage in life and work, and to resist the efforts of others to scare them off: "Never, never, never let them intimidate you."
"[An] elegant little style and spirit THE TEAMMATES is...not a home run but a line drive stroked smartly and with delicate bat control."
From the Publisher
Annotation Acclaimed historian Halberstam examines here the story of four friends and fellow ball players: Ted Williams, Dominic DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky, and Bobby Doerr. THE TEAMMATES tells of their friendship during their playing days with an eye to fine detail, and continues on through to their retired lives off the diamond.
Annotation 1 Acclaimed historian Halberstam examines here the story of four friends and fellow ball players: Ted Williams, Dominic DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky, and Bobby Doerr. THE TEAMMATES tells of their friendship during their playing days with an eye to fine detail, and continues on through to their retired lives off the diamond.
Editors Note Friendship and devotion are the foundation of the 1949 Red Sox team when Williams, Doerr, DiMaggio and Pesky won the pennant championship and the four steadfast friends started a sixty-year relationship with one another as they share memories of the great players, the splendor of the game, and the recent devastating death of Ted Williams.
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Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 18
Number of Pages 0224
Publisher Hyperion Books
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