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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:
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He was 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? New York Times bestselling author Leigh Montville 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’ 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’ 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.

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. In death, controversy and public outcry followed Williams, the result of disagreements among his children over the decision to have his body preserved in a cryonics facility, a fate, many argue, Williams never wanted.

With unmatched verve and passion, and drawing upon hundreds of interviews, acclaimed bestselling author Leigh Montville brings to life Ted Williams’ superb triumphs, lonely tragedies, and intensely colorful personality, in a biography that is fitting of an American hero and legend.

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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by Ellen | 12/15/2013

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

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