It was early October 2001, and Ted Williams was entering the final months of his life. His three best friends – all former teammates from the Red Sox, all knew it – and two of them, Dominic DiMaggio and John Pesky embark on a 1300 mile trip to visit him one last time. So begins The Teammates by David Halberstam.
I’ve never known what to think when I wonder if former teammates stay in touch once their playing days are over. I’m sure some do, probably most don’t. Come on, how many former co-workers do I stay in touch with? But there are four men – Williams, DiMaggio, Pesky, and Bobby Doerr, who remained a close knit circle long after their final at-bats.
If you remember the days of Ted Williams, the stories that these four recollect in The Teammates will undoubtedly take you right back to wherever you were – in front of the radio, at the ballpark, or in your yard pretending to be one of them. You’ll see what it was that kept these four together for over sixty years, and be encouraged to look at the close friendships in your own life.
Four men, brought together by baseball, once on top of the world and seemingly indestructible, now relying on each other to face the uncertainty of growing older. A true portrait of friendship; The Teammates by David Halberstam.