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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 ha ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published May 5th 2004 by Hachette Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, baseball
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
Jun 26, 2013 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
Jul 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Returned to Audible because it skipped in a few different places
Pris robichaud
Jan 04, 2009 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 Halbersta
Sean McBride
May 24, 2013 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 eac ...more
Jul 27, 2008 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
Gary Anderson
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As baseball legend Ted Williams neared death in 2001, his 1940s Boston Red Sox teammates Dominic DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky, both in their 80s, took a road trip from Massachusetts to Florida for one last visit with their old friend. Their other dear pal and teammate, Bobby Doerr, unable to make the trip due to his wife’s illness, was there in spirit for every mile. In The Teammates, journalist and historian David Halberstam weaves the story of this sixty-year friendship by beautifully portraying ...more
Chad Simons
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another short listen, but this book left me wanting so much more. Not that it was incomplete, it’s just that I could listen to stories like this forever.

I love the premise of this book. A story about a small group of teammates. Again I thought the book would be much more general. I loved the deep dive into Williams, Pesky, DiMaggio and Doerr.

Such a historical snapshot in these pages. 4 amazing players. Each in their own way. Each has influenced the game immensely as well. I didn’t realize how
Jim Cullison
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Halberstam's depiction of Red Sox greats in the December of their years is one of the best volumes ever composed about sports in America. In just ten pages, Halberstam presents the most vivid and insightful portrait of the tortured talent that was Ted Williams. Yet in addition to an unforgettable portrait of Teddy Ballgame, Halberstam depicts the steadfast, if less colorful comrades of The Splendid Splinter in the Fenway dugout. Each of these teammates surmounted adversity and succumbed to the v ...more
Brad Lyerla
Jan 05, 2017 rated it liked it
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
Beth Anne
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
I flew through this book, perfect timing as I mourn for baseball season this year. I loved the portrait of friendship between Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, John Pesky, and Bobby Doerr. Their story of togetherness was really special, especially as they cared for each other and each other's families through failing heath. I apparently was unaware of what a jerk Ted Williams was much of the time, and I'm most intrigued by learning more about Dominic DiMaggio. And really Pesky and Doerr too. The stori ...more
Rob Nelson
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Athletes have depth? Yes they do. These 4 completely different men share one thing, their love for each other. A sweet little book about friendship and growing old together.
Apr 29, 2010 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
Tanya W
Jul 01, 2008 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
Jul 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports, non-fiction
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.
Richard Hardy
Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Simply loved this book, a story not just about baseball but of enduring friendship....oh and it's about the Red Sox, that always helps
Brian Eshleman
Portrait of a generation as much as of four exceptional individuals and athletes in it. I will miss David Halberstam's unique ability to weave the texture of both individual and era into the stories of history and sports that he told.
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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.
Doreen Petersen
Oct 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sports
What a wonderful read! Not because it's about my beloved Red Sox it's so much more than that. The story of tru friendship through the years almost brought tears to my eyes.
Apr 19, 2015 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.
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.
John Dobbs
Apr 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
Anyone who knows me is likely surprised I read a book about baseball players. I'm fairly disinterested in sports, but something about this book caught my eye. I think it was the subtitle: A Portrait of Friendship. And, truthfully, almost all of my friends are interested in sports and I thought it was a good opportunity to catch a little history of the game of baseball. This book captures the two things I found interesting and does it well.

It really is a book about a longtime friendship between
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In October of 2001, the word is out that the great Ted Williams is close to death. Considered by many to be the best hitter of all time, Williams was widely thought of as a temperamental and unstable personality. However, that does not mean that he did not make friends on the Boston Red Sox. Three of his closest friends were Dominic DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr. Hearing of their friend’s imminent demise, DiMaggio and Pesky travel over 1,000 miles by car to visit Williams. The serious ...more
Apr 29, 2018 rated it liked it
This is a fluffy book, but it kind of gets your attention anyway if you're a deep baseball fan. It is a remarkable story, even if the hook to get you into it is very hokey.

The story is that the Boston Red Sox of the early 1940s and then for several years after World War II had four great players at the same time who remained lifelong friends. One of the players was Ted Williams, one of the game's half-dozen greatest hitters, and another was Bobby Doerr another Hall of Fame player. The others wer
Jim Sargent
Apr 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
David Halberstam published The Teammates in 2003 about Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky, four ballplayers that spent much of the 1940s, not counting military service, on the same manicured diamonds for the Boston Red Sox. Of the four, only Pesky was later traded away, to Detroit in 1952. Ted, as teammates and opponents alike called Williams, was the glue holding them together and the driving force keeping them together, until his death on July 5, 2002. Halberstam's book ...more
May 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
A very disappointing read from a great author. If you pick up this book expecting to read all about a road trip to Florida by 3 legendary former Red Sox to visit their dying friend Ted Williams, (as I did and the way the book is marketed), your expectations will be in vain. I really don't understand the rave reviews for this short quick read. Halberstam even notes at the end of the book that on a visit with one of the teammates, it occurred to him that a book on the subject was possible. I had t ...more
Michael Goldfuss
Much of the information and characters from this book coincide with Halberstam's other baseball work entitled 'Summer of 49'. I've seen multiple readers express their displeasure at the correlation of the two works, which according to them is because Halberstam could not squeeze all of his anecdotes and research into one single book. So he left behind a sequence of leftovers with a weak thesis to make sales behind his popular name.

I can not disagree more. Yes, much of the information does rollo
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, as I knew I would, and it delivered on what I expected -- a touching story about the cameraderie of four men crafted by a writer who is a wizard with words. However, that its organization felt a little haphazard -- we jump between different storylines, sometimes in the same chapter, and if the reader didn't have a rough background in the subject matter, one might get a little lost -- and the context not always there. (For instance, Dom DiMaggio lived in West Palm Beach -- ho ...more
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David Halberstam was an American journalist and historian, known for his work on the Vietnam War, politics, history, the Civil Rights Movement, business, media, American culture, and later, sports journalism. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1964.

Halberstam graduated from Harvard University with a degree in journalism in 1955 and started his career writing for the Dai

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