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Ted the Kid

Holway, John B.

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ISBN 10: 1418436445 / ISBN 13: 9781418436445
Published by AuthorHouse, 2005
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Title: Ted the Kid

Publisher: AuthorHouse

Publication Date: 2005

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:Used: Very Good

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Ted Williams is perhaps the most fascinating, the most controversial yes, and possibly the greatest figure in American sports history. Only Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali, and Michael Jordan stand on a pedestal with him. It is sad that millions of young people know only what they have read of his death. This book is not about his death. It is about his life. Ted Williams was an enigma, who just wouldn't fit into a mold. The Boston press once took a poll to name the least cooperative, most temperamental, most generous, and most cooperative players on the Red Sox. Williams came in first in everycategory. I knew Ted Williams for 45 years, beginning in 1957, and saw him play for 20, beginning in 1941. This has given me a unique box seat to this amazing chapter of Americana. To me he is the Beethoven and Monet of baseball. But why another Ted Williams book? Ted is already the subject of a large and growing hagiography of excellent and readable books. His own My Turn AtBat is one of the most engaging autobiographies in sports literature. I made a modest contribution in 1991 with The Last 400 Hitter, about his magnificent season of 1941. Each biography draws on different sources. They are like the blind men who clutch different parts of an elephant. Each adds to the mosaic, aseach gropes to discover this ebullient yet elusive and enigmatic man. In the present work I have tapped hit her to untapped sources in hopes of presentingthe most complete story yet assembled of an amazing Renaissance man. Based on half a century of research, I have examined this many sided genius from as many new angles as possible, hoping top aint the Cromwellian portrait that he himself would have wanted, warts and all. Ted and I spent hours probing his memory for games and players now largely lost to living memory. Beginning 20 years ago I also probed the memories of dozens of men, many now gone, whoplayed with and against him, to get their unique and

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JohnB Holway has been covering baseball since the 1948World Series. He wrote the first Englishbooks ever done on Japanese baseball and sumo wrestling. He has produced ten books on the old NegroLeagues before Jackie Robinson, plus dozens of newspaper and magazine articlesfrom Boston to San Diego, Miami toSeattle. He hasappeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Sports Illustrated, AmericanHeritage, and many others. TheComplete Book of the Negro Leagues, a monumental 25-year project, is themost comprehensive ever done of the subject. Holway is a former economics analyst with theU.S. Information Agency and a former paratroop officer wounded in Korea. He hasvisited 37 countries and has studied French, Japanese, Chinese, and Nepali,which he picked up trekking around Annapurna. Other books by John B HolwayJapan Is Big League in ThrillsSumo!Voices From the Great Black Baseball LeaguesRube Foster, Father of Black BaseballSmoky Joe and the CannonballBullet Joe and the MonarchsThe Pitcher (with John Thorn)Blackball StarsBlack DiamondsJosh and SatchJosh GibsonThe HittersThe Last 400 HitterRed Tails, Black WingsThe Amazing World of BaseballComplete Book of the Negro Leagues

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