The Teammates

The Teammates

Book - 2003
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Follows the friendship of Boston Red Sox teammates Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky from their playing days in the 1940s to Ted Williams' death in 2002.

Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky were all members of the famed 1940's Boston Red Sox. Their legendary careers led the Red Sox to a pennant championship and ensured the men a place in sports history. David Halberstam, the bestselling author of the baseball classic Summer of '49, has followed the members of the 1949 championship Boston Red Sox team for years, especially Williams, Doerr, DiMaggio, and Pesky. In this extremely moving book, Halberstam reveals how these four teammates became friends, and how that friendship thrived for more than 60 years. The book opens with Pesky and DiMaggio 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. Filled with stories of their glory days with the Boston Red Sox, memories of legendary plays and players, and the reaction of the remaining three to Ted Williams' recent death, The Teammates offers us a rare glimpse into the lives of these celebrated men-and great insight into the nature of loyalty and friendship.

Blackwell North Amer
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.
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.
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.

& Taylor

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. 250,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2003
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781401300579
Branch Call Number: 920 HAL
Characteristics: 217 p. : ill. ; 22 cm


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Jun 24, 2013

Can you imagine a road trip from Mass. to Florida without a radio, CDs, etc., just talking about old times? Wonderful account of 3 old time baseball players and lifelong friends going to see their friend and former teammate for the last time. Good people. Good old days. Since this book was written, Williams, DiMaggio, Pesky, and the author Halberstam have died. A statue of the 4 teammates has been erected outside Fenway Park.

Oct 09, 2011

One of Halberstam's best, this book chronicles the car trip three long-retired Boston Red Sox players took to visit their former teammate, the ailing Ted Williams. Halberstam does a great job of bringing these baseball icons to life. In the process, you realize that perhaps the greatest DiMaggio was not Joe. Should be on every baseball fan's book list.


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