Teddy Ballgame
My Life in Pictures
by Ted Williams with David Pietrusza
,
Award-winning
author
David Pietrusza
teamed with
Ted Williams
(who won a
few awards
himself)
to bring you
Ted's life story in
words and
pictures.
Ted Williams and David Pietrusza at the
Ted Williams Museum, Hernando Florida
(Courtesy Bill Nowlin)
.
Teddy Ballgame
My Life in Pictures
By Ted Williams with David Pietrusza
Foreword by Bobby Doerr,
Tribute by Bob Feller
Introduction by John Thorn

Teddy Ballgame is an intimate portrait of
one of the most compelling sports figures
of the 20th century, vibrantly told in Ted
Williams own plain-spoken words, and
framed by more than 240 photographs,
many from Williams' own collection,
revealing this American icon in all his
guises--baseball and fishing superstar,
war hero, father and elder statesman of
the game he lived and loved
The extraordinary life of Ted Williams
exemplifies achievement. Williams was
driven as a ballplayer, courageous as a
combat pilot and relentless as a trophy
fisherman. His no-nonsense,
straight-talking approach often ignited
controversy, but Williams never flinched
in his conviction that honesty, courage
and hard work, not newspaper headlines,
were the true measures of a man.

This is very much Williams' own book.
Sitting at his kitchen table in October,
2000, just weeks before heart surgery, he
reviewed hundreds of photographs and
reminisced about his life with co-author
David Pietrusza. The earthy, ebullient
timbre of Williams' voice is everywhere in
these pages.

Revised following Williams' death on July
5, 2002,
Teddy Ballgame is the story of a
classic American hero.
Teddy Ballgame: My Life in Pictures
.
From Teddy Ballgame:

Featuring more than 250 images, many of them never before published, Ted
Williams: My Life in Pictures
is the story of a true American hero. The earthy
timbre of Williams's voice rings true on every page as he recounts his
remarkable life. The book progresses from his boyhood years in San Diego,
through his unparalleled major league career-twice interrupted by military
service--to his eventful years after his retirement from baseball, including his
induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, a managerial stint with the
Washington Senators, and a well-earned reputation as one of the world's finest
fisherman.

For example:

* On hitting: "The idea is pretty simple: get your pitch-and when it
arrives swing at it. Certain areas, certain choices, make you a .400
hitter, a .350 hitter. Other areas, it's the pitcher's game. So when
you have a choice-on that first pitch, or when you're ahead 1-and-0,
2-and-0, 3-and-0, lay off the pitches you can't hit well, where the
odds aren't in your favor."

* On being inducted into the Hall of Fame: "I can't say it was a surprise
I was elected. No, I did deserve it, and there was no way the writers
could ignore my numbers-what I had accomplished, what I had worked to
accomplish. But there was the question back then if you'd go in first
ballot or not. DiMaggio took three ballots. DiMaggio! Hank Greenberg,
Jimmie Foxx--not first ballot! So even though I wasn't really surprised,
I've got to say I was still moved. How can you not be moved?"

* On tipping his cap to the Boston fans on Ted Williams Day in 1991: "I
thought I'd give the fans a little surprise. I hid a Red Sox cap in my
pocket and reached in and tipped it to the fans. I did it, as I said
[then], so they can never write, ever again that I was hard-headed, so
they can never write again that I never tipped my hat to the crowd,
today I tip my hat. I tip my hat to all the people in New England, the
greatest sports fans on earth."
Ted Williams and David Pietrusza
Ted Williams and David Pietrusza in
Crystal River, Florida in 1997
David Pietrusza presents the 2001 Ted Williams NL Rookie of the Year Award to Braves shortstop Rafael Furcal. Looking on are (left to right): Nomar Garciaparra, Jim Rice, Mark Quinn, and Dave Winfield.
David Pietrusza presents the 2000 Ted
Williams NL Rookie of the Year Award
to Atlanta Braves shortstop Rafael
Furcal. Looking on are (left to right):
Nomar Garciaparra, Jim Rice, Mark
Quinn, and Dave Winfield.
Teddy Ballgame: My Life in Pictures
Listed in Ron Kaplan's 501 Baseball Books Funs Must Read Before They Die