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4.10  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,011 Ratings  ·  68 Reviews
He was The Kid. The Splendid Splinter. Teddy Ballgame. One of the greatest figures of his generation, and arguably the greatest baseball hitter of all time. But what made Ted Williams a legend - and alightning rod for controversy in life and in death? What motivated him to interrupt his Hall of Fame career "twice" to serve his country as a fighter pilot; to embrace his fan ...more
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Published April 13th 2004 by Anchor Books (first published 2004)
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Carol Storm
May 11, 2016 Carol Storm rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book on baseball legend Ted Williams, though the book Williams wrote, MY TURN AT BAT, is probably just as good.

Leigh Montville is a fine writer, but I really don't envy him taking on this huge project. When you think about it, Babe Ruth retired from baseball in 1935 and just seemed to quietly fade away. He was dead not long after World War II. But Ted Williams, as Montville says, lived a whole life after baseball -- and a lot of really painful, ugly, shocking stuff went on in that lif
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Gerry
Apr 23, 2013 Gerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, sports
A great book, a storied and some times troubled life - I simply have no criticism of this book. I read this for the sake of a friend and an interest in the game of baseball. From a historical point of view this book holds interest of a sport time frame that has gone by. I have to admit that as a hockey guy I was pleased to see that Ted Williams had a friendship and fishing time with Bobby Orr the Hockey Hall of Fame player of the famous 1972 Stanley Cup team. I truly enjoyed the fishing stories ...more
Joe
Jan 25, 2011 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good biography of a weird dude. In reality, nowhere near the legend you might think he was.
Mike
Sep 05, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I heard his name. I have seen the numbers, but now I met the man. I got the full story. I thought the author did a great unbiased view.

So much information that i learned i thought was most interesting:

- he was born and raised in San Diego (lucky!).
- there was hardly any baseball in southern california at the time
- he had a few high impact mentors
- he had a near perfect swing from an early age
- His mother was big into salvation army and lived a binary view of this world. often left to be at home
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Mike
May 23, 2011 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am drawn to Ted Williams for his single-minded dedication to his vocation. He was a man who cared almost exclusively about accomplishing one thing: being the best hitter in baseball. Until his retirement from the game, his whole life focused on perfecting his craft. He saw his calling clearly and built his life around it. I cannot help admire his certainty of self and his dedication (perhaps obsession), even while recognizing the costs it entailed. His success is legendary.

Jeanne gave me this
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Jason Russell
Mar 12, 2012 Jason Russell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Written in 2004)
There are few names in baseball that evoke reverence (and perhaps disgust) like the name Ted Williams. Teddy Ballgame was truly one of the game’s greats. Depending on who you ask, he was easily one of the three or four greatest to play the game. There have been a lot of books about or even by Williams, and this is one of the best.

Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero vividly captures the complex, combative Williams from his rough childhood all the way to his death and
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Daniel Lowder
Aug 11, 2009 Daniel Lowder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ted Williams is my hero. Not because he was a perfect example of how a man should conduct himself through life, but because he achieved such a high degree of accomplishments in spite of his personal shortcomings.

Leigh Montville does a wonderful job of personally connecting the reader with the subject, through the myriad of highs and lows of his long and ridiculously eventful life. Through the fractured childhood, the awkward growing periods, the realization of the mammoth potential, we are given
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Gary Mesick
I love Ted Williams. We was, as the subtitle says, my hero. When I was young, both "My Turn at Bat" "The Science of Hitting" were favorites. And so I wanted to like this book. And I did like this book. I just didn't love it.

I did learn more details about his playing life and his military record. And these things raised my esteem for him. Then the book told me things I didn't know--mostly about the infighting in his family. And, frankly, I didn't care to know it.

I guess that's what bothers be ab
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Donald Gallinger
Leigh Montville's biography of Ted Williams is exhaustive in its analysis of one of baseball's greatest hitters. At times childish and self-absorbed, but always focused upon his art, Ted Williams emerges as a troubled genius in this wonderful book. Some of the anecdotes about Williams' intensity evoke a character who loves a few things in life to obsessive delight while ignoring almost everyone and everything else. An absolute master in the science of hitting a baseball, Williams loves his talen ...more
Paul Miller
I was worried because this same author's book on Babe Ruth was only 'ok' - however, turns out that he grew up in Boston, worked for the Globe, so the topic of Ted Williams is clearly in his wheelhouse. Great read! You'll learn about Ted's Mexican American upbringing, being a Marine fighter pilot, all the travails with the press in Boston, Sears, fishing, .... and finally his body being frozen by his crazy, nutty kid John Henry. Not a likeable character to me, but definitely a fascinating one. A ...more
Dan
Jul 30, 2011 Dan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great baseball read. I read a biography he wrote about Babe Ruth and really liked it so I went for this one too. Here's what I knew about Ted before the book: a really great hitter, head is cryogenically frozen. It was very interesting to learn about his life and baseball prowess. His baseball career is over by the middle of the book and rest is basically about fishing, but whatever.
David Lucander
A pretty okay book about a pretty neat book. Like Stan Musial: An American Life and Willie Mays: The Life, the Legend, this book is by a sports writer doing history. As such, there's not a lot of sophisticated critical analysis about much of anything, but there's countless quotes from hundreds of people who were associated with Ted Williams.

I wish there was more on how Boston fans and ownership felt about Williams, because there's lots about how he and the media clashed. Did Mexican Americans o
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Jason Cote
Good biography, dragged a little at times but overall it was complete and well written. It is clear the author is a Ted Williams fan, but really, are there any baseball fans who aren't? This book gives great insight into the life of Ted, I just wish there had been a longer focus on his playing career.
Stan Shelley
Sep 27, 2014 Stan Shelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a marvelous biography. Montville did not hold back on the negative stuff, nor did he dwell on it. There were many references to old ball players, which I loved. And many interesting details that I did not know. The writing was in a casual style which seemed appropriate.
Rebecca
Mar 19, 2015 Rebecca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball
One of a very, very few sports biographies I've read that actually reads like a good, entertaining book. It is a full portrait of Williams, warts and all, although the very unsympathetic portrayal of his son John-Henry seems a bit one sided.
Tim Snyder
A well balanced and complete biography that captures all of Ted's contradictions. It was fun to read and provided insights into some of the great moments of baseball history and many of the back stories.
Paul Frandano
Apr 28, 2014 Paul Frandano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: great-wo-men, sports
The Kid. The Splendid Splinter. Teddy Ballgame. "The Greatest Hitter of the Modern Era." There's really nothing left to say about Ted Williams that hasn't been said in triplicate, somewhere, sometime. He was not a very likable guy, mistreated his wives, most of those around him, sportswriters (natch, those "Knights of the Keyboard"), Bostonians (ptoo!), but was kind to children, and especially the Jimmy-Fund kids - going strong after 60 years, the Jimmy Fund supports Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer ...more
Jaime Contreras
Jul 24, 2011 Jaime Contreras rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a teasure trove for baseball and Ted Williams fans. Something I learned was that he was half mexican and born in SD. This is a great biography.
Quinndara
I am not certain that a three-star rating is fair. The author gives a readable, detailed account of Ted William's life. I thought Leigh Montville gave too much detail to Ted's marital and sexual relationships. He did, however, portray a shame-based personality, who could get away with tantrums, anger episodes, and un-heroic displays because he was a star. He was also a misogynist with no motivation to understand or remedy his anger. I tired of reading about his life-long anger. He had his good p ...more
John Cloward
This book could have been half as long. A lot of really boring details. It took me forever to read as I continually lost interest.
Cindy
Oct 13, 2013 Cindy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: baseball, biograhpy
I had no idea what a pain this athlete was to those around him. How sad that a man of such greatness is shrouded in all the mire.
Steve
Jul 23, 2012 Steve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports, biography
Eye opening, revealing, strange, sad.

I thought this was an excellent book about Ted Williams...a book that surprised me in not only addressing the things I did know, but more about the things I didn't know. Leigh Montville pulled no punches in writing this biography which not only showed Ted Williams as a player who could back up his talk with his bat; but also showed the darker sides of the last man to hit over .400 for a major league season.

It was the off-the-field exploits of Williams that su
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Brad
Mar 13, 2012 Brad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Indulge me, at the start of this book review on Leigh Montville's Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero, to send a personal message to the author. Mr. Montville: When using an abbreviated word as an adjective, there is a proper rendering. Let's use the word "stinking." As in, "This stinking guy..." To abbreviate this word properly as an adjective, you simply remove the "G" and add an apostrophe. "Stinkin'." Pretty simple. Not "Stinken," which for some reason you continually chose. At l ...more
Leon Lee
the best book I read in a long time... This book ( in my opinion ) is a 6 star book.
I am just a regular red sox fan, and I didn't know much about Ted williams before I picked up this book. All I knew was that Ted Williams was a great player for the red sox, ( and pretty much the best in MLB history ) and I wanted to learn more about him. This book looked pretty interesting, so I started reading, and I had no regrets of EVER starting it. Ted Williams was a angry man; he had very short temper, bu
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Kurtbg
Jun 25, 2008 Kurtbg rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, sports
The great Ted Williams. He would have been the greatest, no doubt, if he hadn't spent 5 years of his prime to fight in 2 wars. what creates a great hitter?

Underneath this foul-mouthed, outdoorsman, SOB who could hit for nothing one is inclined to think what drove such a man.
Having a mother who would rather sing and play with the Salvation army then raise children and an alcoholic father who abandons you can lead to some seruis issues with abandonment and lack of self-worth. At a young age Ted wa
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Brian Palmer
An astonishing man, focused, selfish and clumsy with love.

The most important lesson of this book: Make sure you have people in your life that have the courage to risk the relationship to save you from yourself.

Warren
Nov 16, 2014 Warren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Warren by: Stan Shelley
Excellent biography that highlights the man's heroics as well as his dark side. Montville passes no judgement either way but presents the complete story of Ted Williams after outstanding research and many interviews.
Eric
Oct 20, 2013 Eric rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book alot. He was such a complicated guy. He did what he wanted to do, all the time. That's fascinating in of itself. This book is about the man's life and he found himself in two wars, on top of the world, scraping bottom, misunderstood, enraged, used, arguably abused as an old man, and alot more. It's really amazing how important this guy was to New England. He was the closest thing to a legend that has existed in my lifetime around where I grew up, and I mean that quite literally ...more
Chris
Mar 14, 2014 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I knew very little about Ted Williams, other than his statistical achievements and his legendary eyesight, before I read this book. Now, I have the complete story of more than just the great hitter for the Red Sox. I usually get tired of books that just tear an individual down but I got hooked on this one.
Stone Guthrie
Jun 26, 2012 Stone Guthrie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this title at my local library not knowing what to expect. What Ihad got was a masterpiece all on its own. The story of a Hall of Fame player is not all you had gotten, instead a message of honesty and integrity from Ted himself. Sure he wasnt a perfect person but is anybody? This story goes deep on his relationship between fans,family and lovers. What really stood out to me was the tradegy he had to cope with while out on the field.Also while in his prime of hitting he served two te ...more
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Leigh Montville is a highly respected sportswriter, columnist and author. He is a graduate of the University of Connecticut.Montville is married to Diane Foster and has two children. He lives in Massachusetts and is an ardent supporter of the Boston Red Sox.
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