The Teammates

Version: Unabridged
Author: David Halberstam
Narrator: Tate Donovan
Genres: Sports & Recreation, Baseball
Publisher: Hyperion Audiobooks
Published In: May 2003
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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Ted Williams, Bobby Doerr, Dom DiMaggio, and Johnny Pesky were all members of the famed 1940's Boston Red Sox. Their legendary careers led the Red Sox to a pennant championship and ensured the men a place in sports history.

David Halberstam, the bestselling author of the baseball classic Summer of '49, has followed the members of the 1949 championship Boston Red Sox team for years, especially Williams, Doerr, DiMaggio, and Pesky. In this extremely moving book, Halberstam reveals how these four teammates became friends, and how that friendship thrived for more than 60 years.

The book opens with Pesky and DiMaggio travelling to see the ailing Ted Williams in Florida. It's the last time they will see him. The journey is filled with nostalgia and memories, but seeing Ted is a shock. The most physically dominating of the four friends, Ted now weighs only 130 pounds and is hunched over in a wheelchair. Dom, without even thinking about it, starts to sing opera and old songs like "Me and My Shadow" to his friend.

Filled with stories of their glory days with the Boston Red Sox, memories of legendary plays and players, and the reaction of the remaining three to Ted Williams' recent death, The Teammates offers us a rare glimpse into the lives of these celebrated men -- and great insight into the nature of loyalty and friendship.

Reviews (7)

The Teammates

Written by Anonymous on February 17th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was an awesome book, maybe one of the best baseball books out there.

Very Enjoyable

Written by Anonymous on January 10th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Anyone who likes baseball and the writing or David Halberstam will love this book. Halberstam gives you such insight into the lives of these four players that the book can't be put into the category of a sports biography. Outstanding Listen!


Written by Jack Kugelmass from Toronto, ON on August 1st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Most retired athletes in team sports, when asked what they miss the most about the game they played, will tell you, "I miss the friendships and the fun we had off the field". David Halberstam, has written a book about the friendship that developed between four accomplished baseball players. He explores their respect for one another, their attitudes to winning and losing, the importance they placed on the team instead of the individual, how they coped with diminishing physical capacities and how they all loved playing the game. It is not necessary to be a baseball fan to enjoy this read. If you like being among men, light up a cigar and fill your glass with cognac and read ( or listen) to Halberstam's thoughful insights.

Good Listen

Written by Anonymous on May 5th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I found this to be a very good book. Enjoy hearing about times when players stuck with one team and played for the love of the game. Also enjoy hearing about the players you don't hear about everyday.

End of an era

Written by Anonymous on February 12th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

What ever happend to these days? Ballplayers had character, as well as heart, a true love for the game. Today it's all about the dollar signs. Maybe the players of today should be reading more books like this one.

Vulgar, but cleverly written.

Written by Vincent Verdekal on December 14th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I am surprised at the author's use of vulgarity and profanity. I don't read to learn of people's personal behavior but rather the significance of their actions. Their faults will never entice one to celebrate them, but rather their ambitions, drive and outlook on life. A tremendous writer who is led to believe in doing your own thing leads him astray. Even though well written, I quit listening half way through the book. His earlier books are much better.


Written by Daniel Wainwright from Fresno, CA on November 16th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 5/5

If you are a REAL baseball fan, then you have to get this. Very interesting and very well written. Provides a lot of insight into the players of the 40's and 50's, which is such a stark contrast with todays players.

Author Details

Author Details

Halberstam, David

"A journalist, historian, and biographer, David Halberstam brings his idiosyncratic and stylistic approach to heavy subjects: the Vietnam War (in 1972?s The Best and the Brightest); the shaping of American politics (in 1979?s The Powers That Be); the American economy?s relationship with the automobile industry (in 1986?s The Reckoning); and the civil rights movement (in 1998?s Freedom Riders).

His books are loaded with anecdotes, metaphors, suspense, and a narrative tone most writers reserve for fiction. The resulting books -- many of them huge bestsellers -- have given Halberstam heavyweight status (he won the Pulitzer for international reporting in 1964) and established him as an important commentator on American politics and power.

Halberstam is also known for his sports books. In The Breaks of the Game, which a critic for The New York Times called ?one of the best books I?ve ever read about American sports,? he took on professional basketball.

In The Amateurs, he examined the world of sculling; in Summer of ?49 and October 1964, he focused on two pivotal baseball events: the Boston Red Sox?s exasperating near victory over the New York Yankees for the 1949 pennant, and the 1964 season, when the Yankees lost the World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1999?s Playing for Keeps: Michael Jordan and the World He Made, Halberstam documented the making of a legend.

Always happy to extend his reach well beyond the subject at hand, Halberstam packs his books with social commentary as well as sports detail.

His writing routine is as strenuous and disciplined as that of any of the athletes he writes about. To sustain his steady output of extensively researched, almost-always-massive books, he allows no unscheduled interruptions: ?Most of us who have survived here [New York] after a number of years have ironclad work rules. Nothing interrupts us. Nothing,? he once wrote in The New York Times. ?We surface only at certain hours of the day.? "