Ted Williams: A Baseball Life People AZ W Williams Ted Michael Seidel Contemporary Books First Printing editionApr 30
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.
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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 ) –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Michael Seidel is a professor of English at Columbia University, and the author of several books including “Streak: Joe DiMaggio” and the “Summer of ’41″.
“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 –This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?: A Remembrance
Richard Ben Cramer won the Pulitzer Prize for Middle East reporting in 1979. His journalism has appeared in Time, Newsweek, The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, and Rolling Stone. He is the author of How Israel Lost: The Four Questions and the classic of modern American politics What It Takes: The Way to the White House. He lives on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
When legendary Red Sox hitter Ted Williams died on July 5, 2002, newspapers reviewed the stats, compared him to other legends of the game, and declared him the greatest hitter who ever lived. Richard Ben Cramer, Pulitzer Prize winner and acclaimed biographer of Joe DiMaggio, decodes this oversized icon who dominated the game and finds not just a great player, but also a great man.
In 1986, Richard Ben Cramer spent months on a profile of Ted Williams, and the result was the Esquire article that has been acclaimed ever since as one of the finest pieces of sports reporting ever written. Given special acknowledgment in The Best American Sportswriting of the Century and adapted for a coffee-table book called Ted Williams: The Seasons of the Kid, the original piece is now available in this special edition, with new material about Williams’s later years. While his decades after Fenway Park were out of the spotlight — the way Ted preferred it — they were arguably his richest, as he loved and inspired his family, his fans, the players, and the game itself. This is a remembrance for the ages.