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Ted Williams : : the Biography of an American Hero

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Originally published: New York : Doubleday, 2004.
Boston -- San Diego -- Minnesota -- Boston -- 406 -- World War II -- Boston -- Korea -- Boston -- Boston -- Cooperstown -- Washington -- Fishing at Islamorada (The saltwater life) -- Citrus Hills, 1987-1993 -- Fishing on the Miramichi (The freshwater life) -- A changed life -- Citrus Hills, 1994-1999 -- Hospitals -- Refrigeration.
Still a gangly teenager when he stepped into a Boston Red Sox uniform in 1939, Williams had a boisterous personality and penchant for towering home runs that earned him adoring admirers (the fans) and venomous critics (the sportswriters). In 1941, the entire country followed Williams's stunning .406 season, a record that has not been touched in over six decades. At the pinnacle of his prime, Williams left Boston to train and serve as a fighter pilot in World War II, missing three full years of baseball. He was back in 1946, dominating the sport alongside teammates Dominic DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky, and Bobby Doerr. But Williams left baseball again in 1952 to fight in Korea, where he flew thirty-nine combat missions - crash-landing his flaming, smoke-filled plane in one famous episode. Ted Willams' personal life was equally colorful. His attraction to women (and their attraction to him) was a constant. He was married and divorced three times and he fathered two daughters and a son. He was one of corporate America's first modern spokesmen, and he remained, nearly into his eighties, a fiercely devoted fisherman. With his son, John Henry Williams, he devoted his final years to the sports memorabilia business, even as illness overtook him. And in death, controversy and public outcry followed Williams and the disagreements between his children over the decision to have his body preserved for future resuscitation in a cryonics facility - a fate, many argue, Williams never wanted. Drawing upon hundreds of interviews, Leigh Montville brings to life Ted Williams's superb triumphs, lonely tragedies, and intensely colorful personality, in a biography that is fitting of an American hero and legend.


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New York : Broadway Books, 2005.
Year Published: 2005
Description: 513 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language: English
Format: Book


Williams, Ted, -- 1918-2002.
Baseball players -- United States -- Biography.