2 thoughts on “The Esquire Ted Williams Article”

  1. That is a great piece. It seems everyone who ever met him has an unambiguous opinion about Teddy Ballgame. I heard plenty of them in New Brunswick where he famously fished for years and let’s just say that the recollections of his demeanor were pretty consistent with the description in Cramer’s article. Since those recollections are not my own, I’ll spare everyone the recitation. One thing I can say firsthand is that his choice of fishing spots is as good as his reputation as a fisherman. We fished Grey Rapids across from his Miramichi camp many times – beautiful water where there were fish to be seen in high water and low. However, I’m probably biased about the location since I saw a salmon take a dry for the first time there and I can still see it clearly 20 years later…..

    1. It’s funny in that Ted Williams is probably my favorite baseball player ever even though he was retired even from managing before I was born and that I’m I Yankees fan. Maybe it’s because he was never portrayed as a comic book superhero but with his flaws on full display. Or maybe because so much great writing has been written about him, from Updike’s “Hub Fan’s Bid Kid Adieu:” http://archives.newyorker.com/?i=1960-10-22#folio=108

      To David Halberstam’s The Teammates: http://www.amazon.com/The-Teammates-A-Portrait-Friendship/dp/0786888679

      To Leigh Montville’s Ted Williams biography: http://www.amazon.com/Ted-Williams-Biography-American-Hero/dp/0767913205/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1390939128&sr=1-1&keywords=Leigh+Montville+Ted+Williams

      Or that you can still go down to Islamorada and still hear a great Ted Williams fishing story. It’s all good stuff.

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