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In this poignant memoir, Claudia Williams, the last surviving child of legendary Boston Red Sox great and Hall of Famer Ted Williams, tells her father?s story, including never-before-told anecdotes about his life on and off the field that reveal the flesh and blood man behind ?The Kid.?
Born after her father retired from baseball, Claudia Williams grew up with little idea that her dad was one of the most revered sports figures of all time?until...
In this poignant memoir, Claudia Williams, the last surviving child of legendary Boston Red Sox great and Hall of Famer Ted Williams, tells her father’s story, including never-before-told anecdotes about his life on and off the field that reveal the flesh and blood man behind “The Kid.”
Born after her father retired from baseball, Claudia Williams grew up with little idea that her dad was one of the most revered sports figures of all time—until she finally saw him in uniform at Fenway Park, receiving the adulation of thousands of fans.
Now in this moving and surprising memoir, Claudia offers an unexpected look at Ted Williams, viewed from a unique and fresh perspective. Here she recalls her childhood growing up with a baseball legend after his heyday, capturing their loving yet tumultuous relationship, and shares the beloved stories he passed on to her. Reconciling his talent on the field with his life off of it, Claudia reveals the myriad passions—including baseball and much more—which shaped who he was. She also speaks candidly for the first time about his controversial choice to be cryogenically preserved after his death.
Complete with sixteen pages of never-before-seen color photographs, told with sincerity and heart, Claudia William’s poignant memoir is a love letter to New England and one of its greatest sons—Ted Williams—the champion, the man, and most importantly, the father.
Posted June 17, 2014
This book is SO much more than a memoir of Ted Williams.
Soon after you start reading this book, you'll almost forget about the baseball player, and find yourself more interested in the man and
his family. It's an amazing story that will grab you. It's a real-life fairy tale including a Beast, a beauty, a wicked stepmother, a protective
knight, and a princess wanting to be loved for her strength and uniqueness. It's a love story, with all the obstacles and enemies a
family can encounter on their journey. It is a discovery of family and love, starring a strong-willed father and a daughter growing up in
his "shadow." The book includes many anecdotes about Ted Williams, told with detail that makes you feel like you're there. A great
job by the author, as I was impressed with the writing, which makes great reading.
When you finish the book, you will understand so much more about the family and what they endured. On the cryonics issue, I was
among those who had gotten sucked into the drama presented by the media and sensationalism. This book is actually quite
revealing and left me with an understanding I never had. There are some four-letter words, so be on guard. However, I highly
recommend it for every fan, every father.
Reviewed by Barry Leto
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Posted June 20, 2014
Excellent, insightful view of a baseball legend from his daughter. This book will appeal to different readers: sports fans, biography
lovers, and those wanting a good human-interest story. Well written!