Now in paperback, the New York Times bestselling The Teammates — David Halberstam’s stirring tribute to the golden age of baseball and to friendship.
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. Doerr is back in Oregon tending to his wife of sixty-three years, who has suffered a second stroke. Acclaimed author David Halberstam has given us a book — filled with historical details and first-hand accounts — about baseball and about something more, the richness of friendship.
“Halberstam?s new masterpiece.” –Dan Shaughnessy, Boston Globe
“A glorious, flaming, autumnal epilogue.” –Lev Grossman, Time magazine
“Elegant…a line drive stroked smartly and with delicate bat control.” –Charles McGrath, New York Times Book Review
“A crystalline gem of work about old pals, in theory, but really about everything there is.” –Rick Telander, Chicago Sun-Times
“Insightful…a touching essay on male friendship.” –Richard J. Tofel, Wall Street Journal
“This account of good people living full lives…will move people the same way that Tuesdays with Morrie did.” –Booklist
Ted was dying, and the idea for the final trip, driving down to Florida to see him one last time, was Dominic’s. It was in early October 2001, and Dominic was not eager to get aboard a plane and fly to Florida so soon after the September 11 terrorist atta
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