|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 up.
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 especially riveting.
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 time.
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
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
|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 run.
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
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 thousand.
|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
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
If you've heard Williams speak, you know he can talk in italics--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
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 battle.
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