Ted Williams: A Baseball Life

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U of Nebraska Press, 2003 - Sports & Recreation - 404 pages
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Ted Williams (1918?2002) was a paradox. His cool, controlled, and patient attitude while at the plate was incongruous with his explosive, unpredictable temper out of the batter?s box. With a swing that was both admired and feared, Williams has been called the greatest hitter of the last half of the twentieth century and was perhaps the greatest left-handed hitter of all time. In this biography Michael Seidel explores the complexities of the mercurial personality and amazing career of the near-mythic ?Splendid Splinter.? With the death of Williams in the summer of 2002, baseball lost one of its true greats. Yet controversy continued to surround Williams in death as news of a bizarre family dispute over the fate of Williams?s body captivated the country. In a new foreword to this edition, the author discusses the odd events surrounding the ballplayer?s death and their significance to the legend of Ted Williams.
 

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If I were going to collect baseball biographies, Ted Williams would be at the top of the list -- the "Splendid Splinter" makes most other athletes look stupid with his Hall of Fame career numbers and ... Read full review

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Williams, perhaps baseball's greatest hitter, was a controversial figure during his playing years. His baiting of the press, especially in Boston where he spent 19 years with the Red Sox, is almost as ... Read full review

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Contents

Country of the Sun
1
Minor Key and Major Talent
14
Baby Ruth 1939
46
Williamsburg 1940
64
The Last 400 1941
85
Draft Bait 1942
108
Interlude 19431945
132
The Real Thing 1946
141
Cold Shoulder 1954
256
Hiatus 1955
267
Rivalries 1956
275
Comeback Kid 1957
290
Life Begins at Forty 1958
306
Pain in the Neck 1959
312
Last but Not Least 1960
318
Epilogue
328

Triple Crown Redux 1947
168
DaddyO 1948
185
Close but No Cigar 1949
198
Elbowed Out 1950
212
Boston Fade 1951
226
To Hell and Back 19521953
239
Afterwards
332
Sweet Science Williams on Hitting
336
Playing by the Numbers
351
Notes
383
Index
395
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About the author (2003)

Michael Seidel is a professor of English at Columbia University and the author of several books, including Streak: Joe DiMaggio and the Summer of ?41 (Nebraska 2002).

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