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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (761 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leigh Montville Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2004 ISBN: 9781415903124
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He was The Kid. The Splendid Splinter. Teddy Ballgame. One of the greatest figures of his generation, and arguably the greatest baseball hitter of all time. But what made Ted Williams a legend – and a lightning rod for controversy in life and in death? What motivated him to interrupt his Hall of Fame career twice to serve his country as a fighter pilot; to embrace his fans while tangling with the media; to retreat from the limelight whenever possible into his solitary love of fishing; and to become the most famous man ever to have his body cryogenically frozen after his death? New York Times bestselling author Leigh Montville, who wrote the celebrated Sports Illustrated obituary of Ted Williams, now delivers an intimate, riveting account of this extraordinary life.

Still a gangly teenager when he stepped into a Boston Red Sox uniform in 1939, Williams’s boisterous personality and penchant for towering home runs 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's 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.

With unmatched verve and passion, and drawing upon hundreds of interviews, acclaimed best-selling author 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. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • Exceptional.  Montville on Ted Williams is can’t-miss, one of America’s best sportswriters weighing in on one of the last century’s most intriguing figures.  A great read. Chicago Tribune
  • Leigh Montville reaches a threshold even the mighty Williams could never touch:  perfection. The beauty of Montville’s work is that it is not a baseball book, per se, so much as the life and times of an oft perplexing, always fascinating man. Newsday
  • A comprehensive look at a gargantuan life. People
  • It is unlikely that any reader could view Ted Williams as just a ballplayer ever again. New York Times Book Review

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 2/15/2014

    " A good biography of a weird dude. In reality, nowhere near the legend you might think he was. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stone Guthrie | 2/3/2014

    " I picked up this title at my local library not knowing what to expect. What Ihad got was a masterpiece all on its own. The story of a Hall of Fame player is not all you had gotten, instead a message of honesty and integrity from Ted himself. Sure he wasnt a perfect person but is anybody? This story goes deep on his relationship between fans,family and lovers. What really stood out to me was the tradegy he had to cope with while out on the field.Also while in his prime of hitting he served two terms in the war. His main goal was to be the greatest hitter of all time and he kept to his word. If you like baseball or some motivation definatly pick up this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 1/17/2014

    " Extremely interesting read. Ted wasn't always a likable guy, but I had to admire his drive and dedication to the game. An added bonus of listening to the book on CD (or via XM Book Radio like I did) rather than reading it was a portion of an interveiw with Williams by the author done in the late 1990's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 12/15/2013

    " Williams doesn't come off as a nice person, but it's an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris Marolt | 12/10/2013

    " Bio of John Wayne of baseball. Entertaining. Well written and pro Ted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey Christy | 10/26/2013

    " An open and fair look at both the good and bad of Ted Williams. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 10/23/2013

    " One of my favorite books ever. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaime | 9/22/2013

    " This is a teasure trove for baseball and Ted Williams fans. Something I learned was that he was half mexican and born in SD. This is a great biography. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheila | 3/15/2013

    " I love the Red Sox and I love Ted Williams. My grandmother always told my mom about how she dated him, and by reading this book it was interesting get a glimpse into the life of someone that was a part of my grandma's life and "was the first man she loved". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lori | 7/15/2012

    " This was a random pick to listen to on a road trip. It turned out to be fairly interesting to listen to, and now maybe I'll know a Sports and Games answer on Trivial Pursuit! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 7/30/2010

    " The best thing I cn say about Ted Williams is that he lived the life that John Wayne thought her did. Sports hero, War Hero, and a bigger than life figure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Scott | 10/23/2009

    " One of the best sports biographies ever, Awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Raimo Wirkkala | 9/29/2009

    " Ted Williams lived a life worthy of a biography and Montville gives us the definitive version. Generally speaking, sports books can be dismal but this bio is an exception to that rule. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mikel flores | 8/31/2009

    " It was about the skyrocketing career of Ted Williams all of the awards,his numbers that he put up every year which led up to a hall of fame career. I liked this book it was an interesting book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Josh | 3/1/2008

    " The second greatest baseball player of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Straker | 11/23/2005

    " Ted was a terrible husband and a worse father, but led a fascinating life. Montville chronicles the slugger's post-baseball career in great detail, getting input from many who have never spoken on the record before, such as Ted's second wife Lee Howard. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Matt Coleman | 2/10/2005

    " Ted Williams is obviously very interesting. Focused. "

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About the Author

Leigh Montville, a former columnist at the Boston Globe and former senior writer at Sports Illustrated, is the author of the bestselling Ted Williams, At the Altar of Speed, and Why Not Us?. He lives in Boston.

About the Narrator

Scott Brick, an acclaimed voice artist, screenwriter, and actor, has performed on film, television, and radio. He attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.