The Teammates by David Halberstam
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 has become the standard by which all journalists measure themselves.

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, Dominic DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky, and Ted Williams--who remained close for more than sixty years.

The book starts out in early October 2001, when Dominic DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky begin a 1,300-mile trip by car to visit their beloved friend Ted Williams, whom they know is dying. Bobby Doerr, the fourth member of this close group--"my guys," Williams used to call them--is unable to join them.This is a book--filled with historical details and first-hand accounts--about baseball and about something more: the richness of friendship.
 

About David Halberstam

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David Halberstam was one of America's most distinguished journalists and historians. After graduating from Harvard in 1955, he covered the beginnings of the Civil Rights movement, then was sent overseas by the New York Times to report on the war in Vietnam. The author of fifteen bestsellers, including The Best and the Brightest, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his Vietnam reporting at the age of thirty. He was killed in a car accident on April 23, 2007, while on his way to an interview for what was to be his next book.
 
Published May 14, 2003 by Hachette Books. 217 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Sports & Outdoors, Parenting & Relationships, History. Non-fiction

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Even back then, it was “something unusual for baseball: four men who played for one team, who became good friends, and remained friends for the rest of their lives.” Now, writes Halberstam (Firehouse, 2002, etc.), with free agency creating volatility in the rosters and salaries serving to lessen ...

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We get a glimpse into what it was like for Dominic DiMaggio to not only overcome the huge shadow of his older brother and more famous teammate, but his fight just to get a chance to play baseball at all.

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We see a man who used a celebration of his greatness — his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York — to take up the cause for the induction of players who played in the Negro Leagues prior to Jackie Robinson's breaking of the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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America loved baseball, and baseball — with the occasional exception of Theodore Samuel Williams — loved America back.

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After their farewells, DiMaggio called every day to keep Williams abreast of the Red Sox's doings.

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PopMatters

The three, Dominic DiMaggio (brother to Joe), Bobby Doerr, and Johnny Pesky, along with Williams, spent years as teammates on the Boston Red Sox of the 1940s and years afterward as close friends, commiserating as the game of baseball—and the world—changed around them.

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Baseball Reflections

At the end of the book, Halberstam explains that the undertaking of this specific work was more like playing than actually going to work every day as not only did he get to speak with some of the best baseball players of all time, but he was able to learn about parts of their lives that had never...

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