The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams

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Little, Brown, Dec 3, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 864 pages
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At long last, the epic biography Ted Williams deserves--and that his fans have been waiting for.

Williams was the best hitter in baseball history. His batting average of .406 in 1941 has not been topped since, and no player who has hit more than 500 home runs has a higher career batting average. Those totals would have been even higher if Williams had not left baseball for nearly five years in the prime of his career to serve as a Marine pilot in WWII and Korea. He hit home runs farther than any player before him--and traveled a long way himself, as Ben Bradlee, Jr.'s grand biography reveals. Born in 1918 in San Diego, Ted would spend most of his life disguising his Mexican heritage. During his 22 years with the Boston Red Sox, Williams electrified crowds across America--and shocked them, too: His notorious clashes with the press and fans threatened his reputation. Yet while he was a God in the batter's box, he was profoundly human once he stepped away from the plate. His ferocity came to define his troubled domestic life. While baseball might have been straightforward for Ted Williams, life was not.

THE KID is biography of the highest literary order, a thrilling and honest account of a legend in all his glory and human complexity. In his final at-bat, Williams hit a home run. Bradlee's marvelous book clears the fences, too.

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Exhaustively researched, a superb example of biography. - Goodreads
This is an amazingly well-written-and-researched book! - Goodreads
The pace never lagged. - Goodreads
He excelled at fishing and photography. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Sally - Goodreads

I like baseball, but really didn't know much about the Splendid Splinter. After more than 700 pages, perhaps I know too much. Good descriptions of Williams exploits on and off the field. He was ... Read full review

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User Review  - Maureen - Goodreads

Very interesting, detailed and readable biography of a complicated and very human sports hero. Read full review

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About the author (2013)

Ben Bradlee, Jr., spent 25 years at the Boston Globe as a reporter and editor, overseeing as deputy managing editor, among many critically acclaimed stories, the Globe's Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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