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The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship (2003)

by David Halberstam

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In early October, 2001, Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky drove 1,300 miles to visit with their friend and beloved teammate, Ted Williams, who was dying. These three men, and a fourth, Bobby Doerr, had been friends for more than sixty years, and were the key players in a remarkable Boston Red Sox team. This is the story of four men who made the passage from sports icons when they were young and seemingly indestructible to a time when they had to deal with the vulnerabilities of growing older.… (more)
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Reads like a postscript to the author’s Summer of ‘49, from which it recycles a few too many anecdotes. Dom Dimaggio and Johnny Pesky make a trip to Florida to see Ted Williams, dying. Bobby Doerr can’t make the trip from Oregon; he’s caring for his wife, who after suffering for years from MS has had two strokes. Halberstam combines, as usual, sharp reporting with clear prose, and continues his project of using the lens of baseball, and our obsession with it, to make larger statements about post-war American society. It's not only about baseball, it's an elegaic meditation on friendship, aging and death. A good read. ( )
  HenrySt123 | Jul 19, 2021 |
Quick but fun read. Baseball fans of any age would like this book. ( )
  stevesbookstuff | Nov 7, 2020 |
David Halberstam Teammates: A Portrait of Friendship is a wonderful baseball book that transcends the game, by turns heartwarming and heartbreaking. It is the story of four Boston Red Sox teammates - Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky - who after their playing days remained lifelong friends. Halberstam chronicles their personalities, their interrelationships, their careers (and a marvelous recap of the pivotal play in the seventh game of the 1946 Red Sox-Cardinals World Series), all leading to DiMaggio and Pesky’s October 2001 road trip to pay a final visit to Williams, his health failing, in his last dying days. ( )
  ghr4 | Mar 31, 2019 |
A good read about the bonds between teammates and a look back at those Sox from the "good old days" (though the good old days are happening right now... or at least the last decade or so, for the most part). ( )
  mhanlon | Jun 10, 2017 |
Chronicle of Red Sox team mates Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky ( )
  JackSweeney | Jan 9, 2017 |
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For my own beloved teammate, Neil Sheehan
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Ted was dying, and the idea for the final trip, driving down to Florida to see him one last time, was Dominic's.
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In early October, 2001, Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky drove 1,300 miles to visit with their friend and beloved teammate, Ted Williams, who was dying. These three men, and a fourth, Bobby Doerr, had been friends for more than sixty years, and were the key players in a remarkable Boston Red Sox team. This is the story of four men who made the passage from sports icons when they were young and seemingly indestructible to a time when they had to deal with the vulnerabilities of growing older.

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