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This portrait of 4 Boston Red Sox players Ted Williams, Dominic DiMaggio Joe s brother , Johnny Pesky the right field foul pole at Fenway Park is named for him , and Bobby Doerr Bobby Doerr comes through as the most steady player, and all around great human being He was Ted Williams close friend and perhaps one of the few human beings who could put up with Williams volatility Doerr is the only one of the four who is still alive, age 99.Dom DiMaggio was the first major league baseball player to wear glasses This was in the days before unbreakable lenses They started him out in the outfield for this reason, but moved him to center field where he proved invaluable The story of game 7 in the 1946 World Series represented for me the reason why fans continuously debate and relive plays and games The injuries described were heartbreaking The Sox were playing the Cardinals and DiMaggio hamstring suddenly gave out as he was running to second base Pesky was blamed for the loss of this game, a story that the book debunks This was one of those disasters in Red Sox history that kept them from winning the World Series until 2004 Everyone talks about Buckner s error in Game 6 in 1986 against the Mets, but the 1946 series was an even tragic.The Ted Williams era lasted from 1939 1960 During those years, Williams missed 5 seasons serving in World War II and the Korean War Unlike the actor John Wayne who got a deferment because he had children, many baseball players went to war including all four players in this book Williams, Doerr, Pesky and DiMaggio Williams is still the only player to bat.400 for a full season He had a horrible childhood, and this most likely explains his difficult personality at times.Johnny Pesky was another unlikely athlete with his slight build For years into his 80 s, he still went to Fenway everyday helping with batting practice In 1997, Pesky was kicked out of Fenway and told to turn in his uniform by new management Ted Williams fought for his restoration and finally in 2002 under the new management of John Henry, he was invited back Management changes and devaluing of players shouldn t have surprised me, but they did Details about the changes in treatments for injuries also interested me I didn t realize how many years pitchers went for as long as 9 innings Ouch Players of the era these guys played earned modest salaries So much has changed in baseball, but clearly the sport owes these four so much.Overall, good portrayals, writing, and history A must read for Red Sox fans this clearly influenced my rating. They Killed My Father, Now They re Coming After Me, 10 May 2007 Marty Nolan, the former editorial page editor of the Boston Globe , once famously described the pain that came with being a Red Sox fan, They killed my father, now they re coming after me Johnny Pesky Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky were all members of the famed 1940 s Boston Red Sox Their careers led the Red Sox to a pennant championship and ensured the men a place in sports history David Halberstam, had followed the members of the 1949 championship Boston Red Sox team for years, especially Williams, Doerr, DiMaggio, and Pesky He met up with the fellas and learned about their friendship and their trip He knew he wanted to write about it David Halberstam gives us an inside look at how these four teammates became friends, and how that friendship thrived for than 60 years The book opens with Johnny Pesky, Dom DiMaggio and , Dick Flavin a friend, on a 1300 mile car trip travelling to see the ailing Ted Williams in Florida It s the last time they will see him The journey is filled with nostalgia and memories, but seeing Ted is a shock The most physically dominating of the four friends, Ted now weighs only 130 pounds and is hunched over in a wheelchair Dom, without even thinking about it, starts to sing opera and old songs like Me and My Shadow to his friend.They had a short memorable time with Ted,and it was worth it Every morning until the day Ted Williams died, Dom would call him with an update of the Sox This book is filled with stories of their wonderful days with the Boston Red Sox, memories of plays and players, and the reaction of the remaining three to Ted Williams death The Teammates offers us a glimpse into the lives of these Red Sox men and great insight into the nature of loyalty and friendship The book tries not to dwell on the imposing power, problems, and slugging achievements of Ted Williams or reveal new sensational material or revelations Halberstam focuses on the teammates shared attributes their desire to compete and succeed in baseball, their willingness to learn how to use physical mental talents, how to provide for post depression families yet display genuine appreciation and gratitude for each other s contributions and careers David Johnson For any Red Sox fan, baseball fan and David Halberstam fan this book is a must A book of love of fellow man and baseball It is a rare book that fills the reader with hope for the future of baseball Highly Recommended prisrob 5 09 07 Rating 5 of 5 stars outstanding Review Inspired by a trip in 2002 by former Red Sox teammates Dominic DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky to visit their old teammate and friend Ted Williams, award winning author David Halberstam recounts these three teammates along with fellow Red Sox great Bobby Doerr as they maintained friendships well beyond their baseball playing days Halberstam displays his talents that won him a Pulitizer Prize as he takes each man s stories and weaves them together in a collection that is at times inspiring, melancholy, uplifting and even humorous The reader will learn a lot about each man that wasn t necessarily written by the sportswriters of the time when they were teammates on the Boston Red Sox Characteristics like Williams distance from his children, Doerr s devotion to his wife Monica he is unable to make the trip from Oregon because he is caring for her , Pesky s willingness to be the goat of the famous 1946 World Series play in which Enos Slaughter raced home from first on a base hit that was scored as a single, and DiMaggio s emergence as a player that stood on his own merit and not just that of his famous brother There is plenty of baseball in the book as well The best of these passages is Pesky s recollection of the play in which Slaughter scored the winning run of game 6 It is a very interesting take on the play, as it differs significantly than what is typically written Without giving away Pesky s story, let s just say that there were other events that took place or were embellished over time to give the play the romantic feel good flavor it has today.While all four men have excellent stories and passages, I was moved by Halberstam s writing about Doerr Everything about the man, from the wooing and courtship of his wife to his playing career and his life after baseball is captured in a manner that shows the tenderness and lack of selfishness that makes up the character of Bobby Doerr His story is one that will stick with the reader for a long time after closing the book.Halberstam has written several baseball books that have received well deserved praise and The Teammates is one of them This is a must read for any baseball fan, young or old, who enjoys stories that show the human side of the players Did I skim No Pace of the book The book is fairly short but reads very quickly as Halberstam gets each man to open up and reveal some very personal stories that they did not share with newspaper writers during their playing days Do I recommend Anyone who is inspired by accounts of friendship that has endured over many years, whether baseball fans or not, will be touched by this book I highly recommend for readers of baseball books, biographies or inspirational stories. This is the story of four Red Sox teammates and friends Ted Williams, Dom Dimaggio, Johnny Pesky, and Bobby Doerr All of them great players and great men It is a story about aging, love, friendship, and baseball One story is about the famous Pesky held the ball World Series of 1946 I actually went to that game inside my mother s womb I always look at baseball as a prenatal love for me In that game, Dom Dimaggio was hurt running the bases He had to be replaced by Leon Culberson in center field Culberson was not a good player, only made the team because of the WWII drain on players With Enos Slaughter on first, Harry the Hat Walker came to the plate Culberson should have moved over to left center Dom Dimaggio shouted out to him to move over, but got only a short move The field itself was in poor condition Slaughter ran on the pitch Walker hit the ball to left center With two outs, Slaughter intended to score knowing that Dimaggio was on the bench Culberson was slow retrieving the ball and made a soft throw to Pesky No tv replay existed then Pesky was made the goat and accused of holding the ball The players claim it was unfair Pesky himself never tried to change the impression, believing he should never speak ill of a teammate, in this case Culberson The saddest story is about Ted Williams Seeing this great athlete age and be used by his own son, John Henry Williams He used Ted to sell autographed baseballs when Ted was confined to a wheelchair and losing his edge When Ted died, he was frozen in a cryogenic lab What a disgrace. This book contains some interesting anecdotes and provides a warm, sentimental portrayal of the friendships among Ted Williams and three of his teammates from the 1940 s It starts off, however, as a story about a trip to Florida to visit a dying Williams by two of the three There is very little about the trip or their visit and perhaps there was nothing to say Still, it was a bit disappointing.It s also a little pathetic to have a Boston fan, Halberstam, trying to blame the condition of Sportsman s Park home of the 1946 Cardinals for the Red Sox loss to the Cards in the 1946 World Series.Anyway, it seems like Halberstam was looking for a place to sell some of the unused research he had done in writing his book about the 1949 season. Recently got this book from a buddy of mine recommending this as my first foray into Halberstam It follows the story of a few aged Red Sox players on their way to see their friend and teammate one last time as he lay dying in Florida It s a touching story about how they stayed in touch for so long and it was sad all at the same time and in fact really makes you focus on your own mortality, but the majority of the book is spent on each of the individuals and how they grew up and related to each other I think the ultimate purpose was to endear the players to the reader and make you see what how the bond could have lasted as long as it was, but for some reason I felt like I wanted of their interaction with each other though not necessarily less of their own individual lives I also had pictured Ted Williams as a soft spoken, kind teacher type though to be honest I never knew much about the man personally, and I base most of this off his book The Art of Hitting.300 , not the boisterous, right winged, cantankerous man whom is described It was fun however and very well written, much so than any sports book I have read. Halberstam s depiction of Red Sox greats in the December of their years is one of the best volumes ever composed about sports in America In just ten pages, Halberstam presents the most vivid and insightful portrait of the tortured talent that was Ted Williams Yet in addition to an unforgettable portrait of Teddy Ballgame, Halberstam depicts the steadfast, if less colorful comrades of The Splendid Splinter in the Fenway dugout Each of these teammates surmounted adversity and succumbed to the vicissitudes of time, and each one earns the admiration and affection of the reader during the course of this slender volume that a lot to say about the Boys of Summer and the nation that made them the way they were A book that is NOT to be missed. *READ DOWNLOAD ⇱ The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship ☃ More Than Years After His Death David Halberstam Remains One Of This Country S Most Respected Journalists And Revered Authorities On American Life And History In The Years Since WWII A Pulitzer Prize Winner For His Ground Breaking Reporting On The Vietnam War, Halberstam Wrote Than Books, Almost All Of Them Bestsellers His Work Has Stood The Test Of Time And Has Become The Standard By Which All Journalists Measure ThemselvesThe Teammates Is The Profoundly Moving Story Of Four Great Baseball Players 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 Men Boston Red Sox Teammates Bobby Doerr, Dominic DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky, And Ted Williams Who Remained Close For Than Sixty YearsThe Book Starts Out In Early October , When Dominic DiMaggio And Johnny Pesky Begin A , Mile Trip By Car To Visit Their Beloved Friend Ted Williams, Whom They Know Is Dying Bobby Doerr, The Fourth Member Of This Close Group My Guys, Williams Used To Call Them Is Unable To Join ThemThis Is A Book Filled With Historical Details And First Hand Accounts About Baseball And About Something The Richness Of Friendship The TEAMMATES is David Halberstam s book about the lifelong friendship between Boston Red Sox teammates Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dominic DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky It is a quick read and full of information that may not be widely known even among avid baseball fans.First, Ted Williams mother was Mexican How is this not better known Williams family was a burden to him His father was at best neglectful, and possibly abusive His mother troubled him for money regularly His brother grew up to be a felon.Second, Ted Williams had anger issues and a very foul mouth He was widely disliked among baseball players He and Bobby Doer were close as players because Doerr had the patience of a saint and was one of the few who could defuse William s constant contentiousness Williams respected Doerr and would not swear in front of Doerr, something Williams did for no one else, evidently.Third, for decades Johnny Pesky was blamed for the Sox losing the 1946 World Series to the Cardinals Pesky is thought to have allowed Enos Slaughter to advance from first base to score the winning run in the bottom of the eighth of game 7 by holding the relay throw from centerfield for too long before throwing home The TEAMMATES suggests that it was not Pesky s fault.In the bottom of the eighth, Leon Culberson, who had pinch run for a hobbled DiMaggio in the top of the inning, took over centerfield Slaughter was on first base when Harry Walker hit a line drive to the wall in center Culberson was not positioned properly and was slow to retrieve the ball His relay to Pesky at shortstop was late Pesky had his back to the runners and was unaware that Slaughter did not slow down rounding third and was headed home Doerr and others tried to yell to Pesky, but the crowd was too loud Pesky reacted quickly after he turned and saw Slaughter, but by then it was already too late to prevent the run from scoring The friends account of the play, as reported by Halberstam, exonerates Pesky.Fourth, Dom DiMaggio was universally respected for his great intelligence on and off the baseball field He was an all star centerfielder in the American League several times and was said never to have made a mistake while playing for the Red Sox After his retirement from baseball, he started a company that manufactured materials used in automobile interiors and became wealthy, unlike his famous brother, Joe Their father, by the way, was an immigrant from Sicily He supported his large family by working on a commercial fishing boat that operated out of San Francisco.Fifth, Joe DiMaggio and Ted Williams did not like each other But Dom and Ted were good friends and became especially close later in life Dom called Ted every day in the final months before Williams diedThere is , of course Read it and discover what for yourself Any baseball fan will enjoy this book. Remember that scene in the movie Twins when Danny Devito finds out that he was born out of the excess cells used to create uber man Arnold Schwarzenegger I m genetic crap, Devito s pint sized character laments Teammates A Portrait of Friendshipis not by any means crap But, from almost start to finish, I was struck by the distinct impression that the bulk of the story was not, in fact, Halberstam s original research based on his interest in Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky s car trip to visit a dying Ted Williams The story, the characters, and most obviously, the random selection of baseball history into which Halberstam goes into elaborate detail all seem very obviously like they were gems of information left over from Halberstam s Summer of 49. The excess research, the stories that didn t quite cut it in Summer of 49, seem to form the bulk of Teammates. Thats not necessarily a bad thing But, during random and very detailed wanderings through the weeds of 1940s big league rosters, I often asked Why is Mr Halberstam taking me here The answer, I believe, is that he had a TON of great anecdotes and baseball lore that he hadn t been able to squeeze into his previous works So he used the excuse of the previously mentioned car trip to unload his leftovers upon us.It wasn t an entirely misquided effort But, it seemed clear that the book was of an emptying of his data files than it was a well argued thesis.