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The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship

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The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published May 14th 2003 by Hyperion (first published January 1st 2003)
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The Teammates by David Halberstam is the January selection of the baseball book club for January 2017. Halberstam is most remembered for his Pulitzer winning The Best and Brightest but was also an avid sports fan. He listed Bob Knight as one of his closest friends and followed Michael
Jordan for a season. Through Knight, Halberstam got a chance to meet his boyhood idol Ted Williams. The Teammates chronicles a sixty year friendship between Williams and his three teammates Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky
This portrait of 4 Boston Red Sox players - Ted Williams, Dominic DiMaggio (Joe's brother), Johnny Pesky ( the right field foul pole at Fenway Park is named for him), and Bobby Doerr. Bobby Doerr comes through as the most steady player, and all around great human being. He was Ted Williams' close friend and perhaps one of the few human beings who could put up with Williams' volatility. Doerr is the only one of the four who is still alive, age 99.

Dom DiMaggio was the first major league baseball p
Pris robichaud
Jan 04, 2009 Pris robichaud rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

They Killed My Father, Now They're Coming After Me, 10 May 2007

"Marty Nolan, the former editorial page editor of the 'Boston Globe', once famously described the pain that came with being a Red Sox fan, "They killed my father, now they're coming after me". Johnny Pesky

Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky were all members of the famed 1940's Boston Red Sox. Their careers led the Red Sox to a pennant championship and ensured the men a place in sports history.
David Halberstam
Sean McBride
Recently got this book from a buddy of mine recommending this as my first foray into Halberstam. It follows the story of a few aged Red Sox players on their way to see their friend and teammate one last time as he lay dying in Florida. It's a touching story about how they stayed in touch for so long and it was sad all at the same time (and in fact really makes you focus on your own mortality, but the majority of the book is spent on each of the individuals and how they grew up and related to eac ...more
Jul 27, 2008 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball
This "book" contains some interesting anecdotes and provides a warm, sentimental portrayal of the friendships among Ted Williams and three of his teammates from the 1940's. It starts off, however, as a story about a trip to Florida to visit a dying Williams by two of the three. There is very little about the trip or their visit and perhaps there was nothing more to say. Still, it was a bit disappointing.

It's also a little pathetic to have a Boston fan, Halberstam, trying to blame the condition o
Brad Lyerla
Jan 05, 2017 Brad Lyerla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports
The TEAMMATES is David Halberstam’s book about the lifelong friendship between Boston Red Sox teammates Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dominic DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky. It is a quick read and full of information that may not be widely known even among avid baseball fans.

First, Ted Williams’ mother was Mexican. How is this not better known? Williams’ family was a burden to him. His father was at best neglectful, and possibly abusive. His mother troubled him for money regularly. His brother grew up t
Jun 26, 2013 Jimmy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball
This is the story of four Red Sox teammates and friends: Ted Williams, Dom Dimaggio, Johnny Pesky, and Bobby Doerr. All of them great players and great men. It is a story about aging, love, friendship, and baseball.

One story is about the famous "Pesky held the ball" World Series of 1946. I actually went to that game inside my mother's womb. I always look at baseball as a prenatal love for me. In that game, Dom Dimaggio was hurt running the bases. He had to be replaced by Leon Culberson in cente
Apr 29, 2010 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Remember that scene in the movie "Twins" when Danny Devito finds out that he was born out of the excess cells used to create uber-man Arnold Schwarzenegger? "I'm genetic crap," Devito's pint-sized character laments.

Teammates: A Portrait of Friendship is not by any means crap. But, from almost start to finish, I was struck by the distinct impression that the bulk of the story was not, in fact, Halberstam's original research based on his interest in Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky's car-trip to vis
Tanya W
Jul 01, 2008 Tanya W rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone, baseball fans
This was an enjoyable and uplifting read. I'm not a big baseball fan, but I really enjoyed getting to know the characters in this book and seeing the journey of grand sports performance, enduring friendships, and the trials of aging.

I really enjoyed the detailed sports description of the big loss in 1946 of the Boston Red Sox against the Cardinals which kept the Red Sox from progressing to the World Series.

At first I wasn't sure I would like the book and my immediate impression was that it did
Jaime Contreras
Jul 06, 2013 Jaime Contreras rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, sports
David Halberstam takes us on an intimate look into the relationship between Ted Williiams, Dominic DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doer, four Boston Red Sox teammates. It is a tale of male bonding, brotherhood, love and sportmanship. The honesty and emotion comes across because of Mr. Halberstam's skill and eye for the little points in life. This is more than a book about baseball life, it is about the value of friendship.
Stephanie Griffin
Just an ok book about baseball fraternity. Now I need to find a book about Johnny Pesky, as he was with the old Portland Beavers.
Apr 19, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very well written story. It was basically four mini biographies in one and how these men all related to one another.
Greg Enloe
Jul 08, 2017 Greg Enloe rated it really liked it
Another good Halberstam read. Picked this one up for a dollar at book sale. I don't think I've ever paid more than a buck or two for any of his books. In fact, while on vacation I was getting some books ready to take to Goodwill and found a second copy I had picked up a few years ago.
A baseball story of friendships that held to the end. The fishing story with Ted and Bobby Doerr were hilarious. I found a gap in my baseball card collection and felt the need to go on eBay and win an auction for D
Nov 29, 2016 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This a great read for a baseball fan. It is a meandering trip through the careers of four great teammates and friends fro life. It is written with the backdrop of two of the teammates and another friend driving to Florida to see Ted Williams, who was very ill and would die within the year. On the way, we are treated with flashbacks and stories about the 4 teammates and their relationships with each other and the game.
Michael K.
Jul 14, 2017 Michael K. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My biggest complaint with this book is that it ended too soon. This was a great blend of history, and personal scenes with four great Red Sox players from the late 1930s to the early 1950s, and how their friendships endured more than half a century. It is definitely more than just a sports book. Great, short read.
Jun 10, 2017 Matthew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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).
May 04, 2017 Dianeh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Being a devoted Red Sox fan; of course, I loved this book! I was not lucky enough to see Ted Williams in person but did see him on television as a teen. This story is about some amazing baseball athletes and their long lasting friendship! Fans of baseball will enjoy it.
Frank Schwarz
Jun 22, 2017 Frank Schwarz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Baseball, friendships back when the world was safer!
Oct 26, 2012 Evan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Teammates" by David Halberstam is not a story simply about a few baseball players. It's not a biography of four of the greatest legends to ever play on the Red Sox. It is a book about a group of guys who met through the game that they loved, and formed a friendship that would last the rest of their lives. "The Teammates" tells the story of Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, Dom DiMaggio, and Bobby Doerr, not as young athletes, but as older men. It is a recollection of what it was like for this cl ...more
Jul 06, 2014 Lance rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 of 5 stars (outstanding)

Inspired by a trip in 2002 by former Red Sox teammates Dominic DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky to visit their old teammate and friend Ted Williams, award winning author David Halberstam recounts these three teammates along with fellow Red Sox great Bobby Doerr as they maintained friendships well beyond their baseball playing days.

Halberstam displays his talents that won him a Pulitizer Prize as he takes each man’s stories and weaves them together in a collecti
Jul 13, 2009 Kerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sports just aren't what they used to be, are they? Or's the athletes. I supposed the game itself doesn't change. It's the people. Striving to be bigger, better, stronger in order to be given the most money, right?

This least let's readers of my generation know that at one point sport had more dignity. It was a way out, but you didn't make millions. You played because you loved it. I'm sure there's a story of this nature on nearly every team of the time period...but then the R
May 25, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's October 2001. Johnny Pesky, Dominic DiMaggio and Dick Flavin are on their way to Florida. Friend Bobby Doerr unfortunately cannot make the trip. Their purpose? One final visit with Ted Williams, friend and baseball legend, who is very close to death.

Admittedly, I don't know very much about baseball and the great players of yore. Of course, I know their names and that they are revered, but I don't have a brain for statistics and I wasn't alive to see how these players got to be the legends
Travis McClain
David Halberstam's--I'm sorry, Pulitzer Prize-winning David Halberstam's--book--I'm sorry, New York Times Bestseller--The Teammates is an account of the last time Dominic DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky drove down to see Ted Williams before the Splendid Splinter passed away. Little of the book itself is actually about the drive or the visit, but rather a biography of each of the three, along with teammate Bobby Doerr (unable to make the trek, as he was needed at home with his ailing wife), and the tel ...more
20 years ago, when I was 11 or 12, I was out with my mom's boyfriend when we saw Ted Williams. Knowing that I was a huge baseball, Red Sox, and Ted Williams fan (I owned and studied The Science of Hitting), my mom's boyfriend walked up to him and asked him very politely if he would autograph something for me. Ted's response? "What the hell did that kid ever do for me?" And he walked away.

Needless to say, I have not been a Ted Williams fan ever since.

I went into this book with an open mind. Maybe
Kevin Bowser
Jul 23, 2012 Kevin Bowser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book for baseball fans. And an even better book for fans of the Boston Red Sox.

I borrowed this book from a friend at work and was really drawn in to the personal and inside stories of the central characters, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky and Ted Williams. I think that Ted Williams continues to overshadow the accomplishments of his closest teammates. And that is certainly reinforced by many of the stories recounted in the book.

The Teammates is the story of four great baseball pla
Jul 08, 2015 Cris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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A great read for anyone concerned with the history of baseball, in particular the persons of Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Johnny Pesky, and Dominic (Dom) DiMaggio, the underated brother of the more famous Joe.

It's a heartwarming look at four Boston Red Sox greats, pals to the end. However, Ted Williams was the main focus, looking through the eyes of Doerr, Pesky, and DiMaggio. Each had their turn in the story, but the main man was always Williams.

I had always thought Williams arrogant and head-st
Steve Kettmann
Jun 07, 2010 Steve Kettmann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is no comparing this little book with the great Halberstam volumes that made his reputation, whether on politics or sports, but then, that's not the point. This is as much a book about friendship as it is about baseball. It just so happens that for many baseball fans - especially Red Sox fans - the friendship in question is of added interest, since the man in decline with age, around whom the others gather, and hit the road to go visit in Florida, is the great Ted Williams, ornery at times ...more
Apr 19, 2008 Rilla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rilla by: Norm Cohen
This is a book that made my heart sing. Understand, one probably needs to be a lover not only of baseball but of baseball culture and baseball players to feel this way. It's a slim volume, packed with great baseball stories surrounding one of the deepest and longest freindships among four professional baseball players--former Red Sox teammates--of the 1940s and 1950s. Ted Williams (perhaps the greatest bat ever), Dom DiMaggio (a skilled and smart center-fielder and brother of the more-famous Yan ...more
Andrew Russell
Apr 10, 2013 Andrew Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Teammates by David Halberstam was a very intriguing biography to read. Teammates is about four lifetime friends who all happen to play ball for the Boston Redsox. The author got a chance to talk to Dom Dimaggio, Bobby Doerr, and Johnny Pesky about their long lasting friendship. The fourth man was Ted Williams, but the author couldn't talk with him because he was close to dying when Halberstam was writing the book. The book is filled with stories that tells about the legendary players off the ...more
John Dudley
Dec 02, 2016 John Dudley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Special shout-out to Joe Collins for sharing this book with me - and more deeply his love of baseball. There are so many great nuances to this story. It is a relationship book clothed in a sports vest. And the relationships of the players to each other are measured equally to their relationships with their families. The balance of this writing makes the book so intriguing to read. At one moment I was fascinated with the Red Sox battle for the 1946 World Series championship, at the next, totally ...more
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David Halberstam (April 10, 1934–April 23, 2007) was an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author known for his early work on the Vietnam War and his later sports journalism.

Halberstam graduated from Harvard University with a degree in journalism in 1955 and started his career writing for the Daily Times Leader in West Point, Mississippi. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, writing for
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