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The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship

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More than 6 years after his death David Halberstam remains one of this country's most respected journalists and revered authorities on American life and history in the years since WWII. A Pulitzer Prize-winner for his ground-breaking reporting on the Vietnam War, Halberstam wrote more than 20 books, almost all of them bestsellers. His work has stood the test of time and ...more
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Published May 5th 2004 by Hachette Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Pris robichaud
Jan 04, 2009 Pris robichaud rated it really liked it

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
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Sean McBride
Jun 04, 2013 Sean McBride rated it liked it
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 ...more
Robert
Aug 05, 2008 Robert rated it it was ok
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
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Jimmy
Jun 28, 2013 Jimmy rated it it was amazing
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
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Tom
Jun 03, 2010 Tom rated it liked it
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
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Tanya W
Sep 07, 2009 Tanya W rated it really liked it
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
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Jaime Contreras
Oct 06, 2016 Jaime Contreras rated it it was amazing
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.
Scott
Apr 19, 2015 Scott rated it really liked it
A very well written story. It was basically four mini biographies in one and how these men all related to one another.
John Dudley
Dec 02, 2016 John Dudley rated it it was amazing
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
Peter
Nov 29, 2016 Peter rated it it was amazing
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.
Evan
Oct 26, 2012 Evan rated it it was amazing
"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 ...more
Lance
Jul 19, 2014 Lance rated it it was amazing
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5 of 5 stars (outstanding)

Review:
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
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Kerry
Aug 05, 2009 Kerry rated it really liked it
Sports just aren't what they used to be, are they? Or maybe...it'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 book...at 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
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Sarah
May 27, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it
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
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Travis McClain
May 27, 2010 Travis McClain rated it liked it
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
Mike
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
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Kevin Bowser
Jul 26, 2012 Kevin Bowser rated it really liked it
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
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Cris
Jul 31, 2015 Cris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball
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
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Steve Kettmann
Mar 13, 2012 Steve Kettmann rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Rilla
Apr 19, 2008 Rilla rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Andrew Russell
Apr 10, 2013 Andrew Russell rated it it was amazing
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
Doug Noakes
Feb 28, 2016 Doug Noakes rated it really liked it
A great book by David Halberstam chronicles four star players of the 1940s-50s Boston Red Sox, and how the men stayed in touch after their playing days were over to face their second careers as coaches and businessmen , and through their triumphs, disappointments, sicknesses and in one case, final days. The four men (superstar Ted Williams, All-Star center-fielder Dom DiMaggio, Bobby Doerr,and Johnny Pesky) made up the core of a powerful Red Sox team that came within one game of winning the ...more
Jon Manchester
Nov 14, 2012 Jon Manchester rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, sports
This is the story of two former Red Sox teammates going on a road trip to Florida to visit Ted Williams in the waning days of his life. Another teammate/friend, Bobby Doerr, couldn't make the trip, but is the fourth amigo dating back to their playing days in the 1940s/50s. The story is told by David Halberstam, who has had just a little success as a writer: the book cover notes his last 14 books have all been national bestsellers! As a Red Sox fan, I enjoyed learning more about the history of ...more
John
Oct 25, 2012 John rated it it was amazing
The book I read is The Teammates by David Halberstam. This book is about Johnny Pesky, Dominic Dimaggio, Ted Williams, and Bobby Doerr. This book talks about their life before, on, and after they members of the Boston Red Sox. The book is only about these men and their friend Dick Flavin who was not on the Boston Red Sox. In 1942 Johnny Pesky, Dominic Dimaggio, Ted Williams, and Bobby Doerr were all on the Boston Red Sox. Johnny Pesky, Dominic Dimaggio, Ted Williams, and Bobby Doerr knew each ...more
Joyce
Sep 13, 2016 Joyce rated it really liked it
While any talk of baseball is always welcome, it is the writing of Halberstam that makes this a great read.
Carolyn Browne
Now in paperback, the New York Times bestselling The Teammates -- David Halberstam's stirring tribute to the golden age of baseball and to friendship. The Teammates is the profoundly moving story of four great baseball players who have made the passage from sports icons -- when they were young and seemingly indestructible -- to men dealing with the vulnerabilities of growing older. At the core of the book is the friendship of these four very different men -- Boston Red Sox teammates Bobby Doerr, ...more
Justin
Jan 05, 2008 Justin rated it liked it
Here's a summary of some things we already knew about the old school Sox/Yanks rivalry, which are eloquently set forth in this book: (1) Johnny Pesky = Phil Rizzuto (player-wise, as well as shnozz-wise); (2) the Red Sox of the 40's and 50's had some truly legendary players, who took no shame in being perpetual bridesmaids to the Greatest Sports Franchise of All Time; and (3) Dom DiMaggio is to Joltin' Joe, as Tito Jackson is to Michael Jackson.

And here are a couple new things we learn: (1) In ad
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Wingedbeaver
Feb 13, 2012 Wingedbeaver rated it really liked it
Shelves: 48-in-2012
The Teammates is David Halberstam's beautiful homage to baseball friendships. In it, he chronicles the last trip taken by Dom DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky to visit the great Ted Williams before he dies and in the process talks about their time together playing for the Boston Red Sox during the 40's and early 50's. Like most of Halberstam's work it is wonderfully written and terribly ingrossing. Halberstam has a knack for conveying the passion and respect he has for his subjects and passing it on ...more
Jon Sindell
Aug 08, 2012 Jon Sindell rated it really liked it
Like all of Halberstam books, The Teammates is distinguished by the author's humanity, intelligence, and professionalism. In explaining his preference for Tolstoy over Flaubert, An English professor once said, `Tolstoy likes his characters; Flaubert doesn't.' The "characters" in Halberstam's books are real people, and the author likes them. He treats them with respect, and he tells their stories with admiration—when their actions are admirable—and with understanding, when not. We gain a glimpse ...more
Wilson
Apr 12, 2013 Wilson rated it it was amazing
In David Halberstam’s The Teammates, Dominic DiMaggio wants to drive to see his friend Ted williams, but he’s too old to drive by himself, so he takes his friend Johnny Pesky and they drive to see their dying friend.

Some of The Teammates strengths was the complete truth of the book. In the book David Halberstam literally tells exactly what happened. I thought another strength was the description. The teammates describes exactly how they felt. I thought was a weakness also because I was actually
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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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