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This unique baseball book offers a remarkable collection of original essays, previously unpublished photographs and insightful biography that offers a fascinating portrait of one of the game's greatest stars. An all-star cast of authors and baseball aficionados have contributed original essays. 180 photos.
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With nearly 200 photos and essays by the likes of David Halberstam, Stephen Jay Gould, and poet Donald Hall, this tribute to one of baseball's greatest hitters (some would argue the greatest) is, like the Splendid Splinter himself, in a league of its own. Williams's life story unfolds in words and pictures, beginning with his childhood in San Diego and ending with his post-baseball love of fly-fishing. (Like hitting a 90-mph fastball, tricking a finicky trout into taking a fly sometimes requires exceptional hand-eye coordination.) Along the way we are treated to Williams's many accomplishments in the batter's box, including his six batting titles, two Triple Crowns, and a career average of .344.From Library Journal:
Ted Williams was the last batter to achieve a .400 average (he hit .406 in 1941). In this retrospective, Johnson, curator for the Sports Museum of Boston, and Stout, a Boston Public Library staff member, have brought together essays on Williams by such literary luminaries as George V. Higgins and Stephen J. Gould. With over 180 photographs, this will supplement Michael Seidel's Ted Williams: A Baseball Life ( LJ 4/15/91), as well as Williams's own My Turn at Bat ( LJ 8/1/69).
-Mark Annichiarico, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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