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The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship    by David Halberstam order for
by David Halberstam
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Hyperion, 2003 (2003)
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* *   Reviewed by Marian Powell

'Ted was dying and the idea for the final trip, driving down to Florida to see him one last time, was Dominic's.' That is the opening line of the story of a friendship among four men which lasted more than half a century. The men were Ted Williams, Dominic DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr.

Baseball fans will recognize the men instantly as famous Red Sox players from the 1940s. Those who are not baseball fans can still enjoy the warm stories of half a century of camaraderie. If you're not a baseball fan, you will learn more than you ever wanted to know about the game. If you are a fan, especially of these men or of the Red Sox, this book is a must-read, filled with anecdotes and insider stories.

David Halberstam does a wonderful job of weaving the stories of these four comrades into a whole held together by the road trip two elderly men (in their eighties) took to visit their dying friend in late 2001. The fourth of the group, Bobby Doerr, was unable to make the trip but his story is told in full through his friendship with the others. By the end of the book, you have been immersed in a long ago era, immersed in the game of baseball in its glory days and most of all, immersed in the experience of friendships that survived for over half a century.

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