Author, David Halberstam tells the story of four teammates
from the Boston Red Sox baseball team in the late 1930's and early
1940's. The four ballplayers were Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky,
Bobby Doerr and Dom DiMaggio. Halberstam describes how these
men became friends and how their friendship survived for more than
In October, 2001, Ted Williams was dying.
Pesky and DiMaggio wanted to see Ted one more time. However,
since it was so soon after September 11th, they did not
want to fly. Pesky, DiMaggio and a Boston TV
personality, Dick Flavin, drove from New England to Florida to see
Ted. Dick offered to help them drive. Bobby Doerr was
not able to come along. It was a shock when they saw Ted who
now weighed 130 pounds. Ted was the one who kept the
friendship of these four going for so many years.
The book is
filled with nostalgia of the great baseball days of these great
David Halberstam does an excellent job of
describing the details behind the baseball careers of these four
men. This is a wonderful book to read. You don't even
have to be a sports fan to enjoy it - It's just wonderful to see how
four people could keep a friendship for so many years.
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