Monday, April 21, 2014

Ted Williams: 75 years ago

Sunday was the seventy-fifth anniversary of Ted Williams making his major league debut for the Boston Red Sox. On April 20, 1939, he got one double in four at-bats, as the Sox lost to the New York Yankees, 2-0. Theodore Samuel Williams ended up playing in Boston for 19 seasons, but during the prime of his career, he served as a navy pilot in World War Two and the Korean War. Leigh Montville’s “Ted Williams: Biography of an American Hero” brings to life this American legend. Also we have Robert Weintraub’s “The Victory Season”, which looks at the end of war and players like Ted Williams coming back to the game.  Just added is Boston Globe writer Ben Bradlee’s “The Kid: the Immortal Life of Ted Williams”.

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