By Ben Bradlee Jr.
At lengthy final, the epic biography Ted Williams deserves--and that his fanatics were watching for.
Williams used to be the easiest hitter in baseball historical past. His batting standard of .406 in 1941 has now not been crowned due to the fact, and no participant who has hit greater than 500 domestic runs has the next profession batting ordinary. these totals could were even larger if Williams had no longer left baseball for almost 5 years within the leading of his profession to function a Marine pilot in WWII and Korea. He hit domestic runs farther than any participant sooner than him--and traveled some distance himself, as Ben Bradlee, Jr.'s grand biography unearths. Born in 1918 in San Diego, Ted may spend so much of his existence disguising his Mexican history. in the course of his 22 years with the Boston pink Sox, Williams electrified crowds throughout America--and surprised them, too: His infamous clashes with the clicking and fanatics threatened his popularity. but whereas he was once a God within the batter's field, he used to be profoundly human as soon as he stepped clear of the plate. His ferocity got here to outline his stricken household existence. whereas baseball could have been elementary for Ted Williams, existence was once not.
THE child is biography of the top literary order, an exciting and sincere account of a legend in all his glory and human complexity. In his ultimate at-bat, Williams hit a house run. Bradlee's remarkable e-book clears the fences, too.
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