Thursday, April 14, 2011

The Teammates: a Portrait of a Friendship

With baseball in full swing, checkout David Halberstam's The Teammates: a Portrait of a Friendship.  A story of four Boston Red Sox players back in the 1940's who were friends not only on the field, but off as well. Their friendship endured for 50 years. Halberstam tells of the journey that Dom Dimaggio and Johnny Pesky took to visit a dying Ted Williams in his home in Florida. Bobby Doerr stayed home to tend to his ailing wife.  Dimaggio and Pesky piled into a car and drove over a thousand miles to be by Ted's side.  A short book which speaks volumes about friendship and the spirit that connects us all.

Other baseball books by Halberstam : October 1964, The Summer of '49.

Halberstam, a journalist, and pulitzer prize winning author of The Best and The Brightest, how America found itself in the Vietnam War. Also wrote Firehouse. Thirteen men of Engine 40, Ladder 35 firehouse heriocally responded to the terrorist attacks on 9/11. Only one survived.

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