Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu: John Updike on Ted Williams

Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu: John Updike on Ted Williams

by John Updike
     
 

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On September 28, 1960-a day that will live forever in the hearts of fans-Red Sox slugger Ted Williams stepped up to the plate for his last at-bat in Fenway Park. Seizing the occasion, he belted a solo home run- a storybook ending to a storied career. In the stands that afternoon was 28-year-old John Updike, inspired by the moment to make his lone venture into the…  See more details below

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On September 28, 1960-a day that will live forever in the hearts of fans-Red Sox slugger Ted Williams stepped up to the plate for his last at-bat in Fenway Park. Seizing the occasion, he belted a solo home run- a storybook ending to a storied career. In the stands that afternoon was 28-year-old John Updike, inspired by the moment to make his lone venture into the field of sports reporting. More than just a matchless account of that fabled final game, Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu is a brilliant evocation of Williams' competitive spirit, an intensity of dedication that still "crowds the throat with joy."
Now, on the 50th anniversary of the dramatic exit of baseball's greatest hitter, The Library of America presents a commemorative edition of Hub Fans, prepared by the author just months before his death. To the classic final version of the essay, long out-of- print, Updike added an autobiographical preface and a substantial new afterword. Here is a baseball book for the ages, a fan's notes of the very highest order.

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Fans fantasize about great pitcher-batter match-ups and avid sports readers cherish their favorite author-subject pairings. In our opinion, John Updike on Ted Williams ranks right up there with A.J. Liebling on Bob Gibson. Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu recovers a neglected little classic just in time: Updike prepared this commemorative edition only a few months before his recent death. To his original essay, written when he was just 28, the award-winning author added an autobiographical preface and a substantial new afterword. An essay that would make even Ted Williams proud.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781598530711
Publisher:
Library of America
Publication date:
05/11/2010
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
291,983
Product dimensions:
5.74(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

John Updike is the author of more than 60 books, including collections of short stories, poems, essays, and criticism. His novels won the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle, and the Howells Medal, among other honors. He died in January 2009.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
March 18, 1932
Date of Death:
January 27, 2009
Place of Birth:
Shillington, Pennsylvania
Place of Death:
Beverly Farms, MA
Education:
A.B. in English, Harvard University, 1954; also studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art in Oxford, England

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