|Latest Williams book is a
Sunday, June 10, 2001
By Phil O'Neill
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
In this business, you get a sports book in the
mail once in a while. Some are pretty good,
some are bad, but the latest, â€œTed
Williams: My Life in Pictures,â€� tops my list.
There's a little prejudice involved here since â
€œTeddy Ballgameâ€� was my hero growing
It's a big book . . . but it's quite a package. In
addition to the fascinating picturesâ€”some
familiar, some not previously publishedâ€”
there's a wonderful accompanying first-
person dialogue from Williams in his typical,
no-nonsense, regular-guy delivery.
The description of his crash landing after
flying a mission into North Korea in 1953 is
The dialogue, with editor David Pietrusza, is
excellent, the best summation I've seen of this
real-life John Wayne, who was probably
baseball's greatest hitter.
USA Today Baseball Weekly
The Splendid Splinter opens his personal
scrapbook and spins a few yarns to reveal
much about his vaunted career. With more
than 300 photos, many published for the first
Kansas City Star
â€œThe last man to hit .400 is at his typical
cocky best in Ted Williams: My Life in
Pictures . .. the photographs are thrilling
reminders of Williams' glory days with the
Boston Red Sox.â€�
The many memorable illustrations are
enhanced by Williams's extensive first-person
narrative, shaped with help from co-author
David Pietrusza.When I saw the final book, I
was blown away.
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An intimate portrait of one of the most
compelling sports figures of the 20th century,
vibrantly told in Ted Williams own plain-
This is a wonderful new addition, and Ted's
voice comes through loud and clear here.
David Pietrusza has done a wonderful job here
and this is a book I will myself treasure.
|San Francisco Chronicle:
TED WILLIAMS is a larger-than-life Boston
Red Sox baseball hero, and "My Life in
Pictures" (with David Pietrusza, Total Sports
Publishing) is a larger- than-life coffee-table
book, but one with a twist: It has soul.
Its soul doesn't come from the predictably
priceless photos from Williams' collection,
but from the text, which reads like oral
history. Williams himself tells the stories, in
an idiom that captures both the feel of the
clubhouse and the author's own hard-boiled
It's as if Williams takes on his career with a
bat in his hands, ready either to knock one
out of the park or strike out. Whatever, pal,
he comes out swinging.
Ted Still Hitting Home Runs
August 16, 2001
Lawrence (MA) Eagle-Tribune
Leave it to Ted Williams. Even in retirement,
and an octogenarian at that, he hits a home
He does that with his book, "Ted Williamsâ€”
My Life In Pictures."
The book, done with writer David Pietrusza,
was sitting on my coffee table for a couple
of months before I got around to it. My
mistake. A major mistake.
Compelling and colorful is what it is and
why not considering it's about baseball's
greatest living hitter. It's more than just
baseball, though. It's about his topsy-turvy
life both on and off the field.
I don't shill for books but I'll make an
exception in this case. It's crammed with
250 pictures and 204 pages of Ted Williams
talking at you.
It's written in the first person and you almost
feel as though you're sitting in a room face
to face with him. The type, with an
occasional "bleeping,'' almost growls off the
page in true Ted Williams style. . .
Ted not only hits a home run with this book
but a grand slam.
Beyond the Game
A superb illustrated compendium . . . bats a
|Praise for Teddy Ballgame's First Edition
This may be the first book I've ever liked in part because of the use of italics in the text.
Let me explain. For the non-baseball fans out there, Ted Williams was an original. He set
out to become the greatest hitter who ever lived, and after 125 years of baseball he's still in
the argument. Williams was a superb batsman from 1939 to 1960 in a career that was
interrupted by injuries and two separate stints in the military. And when it comes to
personality, well, Ted was John Wayne in a baseball uniform.
If you've heard Williams speak, you know he can talk in italicsâ€”a little extra emphasis on
certain words. Using the technique in this book really made the words come to life and made
it read like Williams was talking directly to the reader.
Here's a paragraph from the introduction as an explanation. Since I can't use italics here, I'll
substitute capital letters. You'll get the idea.
"I can tell you PART of the story. I can tell you about hitting .400 or fishing in the Gulf of
Mexico. But you see a lot more in a picture. Plus, well, the mind plays TRICKS on you. The
memories change. Your attitudes change. People tell you so much about yourself, you start
to half believe WHAT THEY READ, rather then WHAT YOU LIVED. Happens to a
curmudgeon like me. But pictures don't change. No, they DON'T."
Yup, that's Ted. I don't know how long it took to do this book, especially since Williams has
been in poor health for part of the last couple of years. However, co-author David Pietrusza
has done a fine job of getting the correct tone on paper ... and that's much more than half the
Put the package together, then, and you do feel like you are sitting next to Williams as he
goes through a scrapbook. And what baseball fan wouldn't want to do that. Williams is
typically candid but shows he's gotten a little softer as years have gone by. The pictures may
not be all that fresh, since some of Williams' personal photos were destroyed in a hurricane,
but they serve as good launching points for the text.
|Budd Bailey, epinions.com