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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: Philip Bosco Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 careertwice 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!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Beth | 2/20/2014

    " I didn't know much about Williams before I listened to this book on tape. I'm glad I listened to it because I always had a negative connotation attached to Williams--I have no idea why. Now I know that negativity existed for no reason. That negativity should have been attached to his son, John Henry, the whole time. The chapters about John Henry were the hardest to listen to because he is such a despicable, disgusting human being. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Matt Coleman | 2/9/2014

    " Ted Williams is obviously very interesting. Focused. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Dan | 1/7/2014

    " Another great baseball read. I read a biography he wrote about Babe Ruth and really liked it so I went for this one too. Here's what I knew about Ted before the book: a really great hitter, head is cryogenically frozen. It was very interesting to learn about his life and baseball prowess. His baseball career is over by the middle of the book and rest is basically about fishing, but whatever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Dave | 1/7/2014

    " 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. "

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