Ted Williams, My Father: A Memoir [NOOK Book]

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Candid and unforgettable, a daughter's story of family, devotion, and growing up with the greatest hitter who ever lived

Claudia Williams first heard the crowds of Fenway Park scream her father's name two decades after he retired from the game. The world knew him as Ted Williams, The Kid, and Teddy Ballgame; at age ten, Claudia only knew him as Dad. Their life together had little to do with Triple Crowns and batting titles—instead their world consisted of casting fishing lines ...

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Overview

Candid and unforgettable, a daughter's story of family, devotion, and growing up with the greatest hitter who ever lived

Claudia Williams first heard the crowds of Fenway Park scream her father's name two decades after he retired from the game. The world knew him as Ted Williams, The Kid, and Teddy Ballgame; at age ten, Claudia only knew him as Dad. Their life together had little to do with Triple Crowns and batting titles—instead their world consisted of casting fishing lines in New Brunswick, cross-country road trips, and squabbling at "feeding time."

Now, in this tender and surprising memoir, Claudia, Ted Williams's last surviving child, recounts her time with one of baseball's brightest stars, offering a rare glimpse inside the Hall of Famer's life after he hung up his spikes. With a fresh insight, she presents an unexpected portrait of Ted Williams as more than the greatest hitter to ever live, but also as a flawed man with a kind heart. Having the larger-than-life and often intimidating "Kid" as a father was tumultuous, but never boring, and along with her older brother, John-Henry, Claudia learned to navigate their father's hot temper and eccentricities to get to know the great man beneath.

Though Claudia grew up in her brother's shadow, she proved herself as an athlete and a daughter, ultimately becoming her father's caretaker and confidante. Their relationship evolved throughout her life, but they eventually formed a bond built on love, respect, and loyalty that both she and her brother shared. Opening up for the first time about the rumors that her family faced during Ted Williams's final years as well as his controversial choice to be cryogenically preserved after his death, Claudia details the full story behind her father's decision, showing that, rather than an impulsive act in his last days, it was the product of extensive family discussion that addressed his doubts about organized religion and his struggle with the end of life.

Filled with personal stories of his strengths and weaknesses, accomplishments and regrets, Claudia's poignant account tells the story of a complicated man and the family he loved. Complete with sixteen pages of photos, Ted Williams, My Father is a love letter to Claudia's lost dynasty and her greatest hero, Ted Williams.

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Editorial Reviews

Boston Globe
“In her forthright, uncompromising but loving memoir Claudia Williams recalls life with her famous father…Few sports figures have attracted as many authors as Ted Williams; there are Ted books aplenty. But this memoir truly stands out, simply because it offers insights no other author could.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062259592
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/13/2014
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 69,106
  • File size: 8 MB

Meet the Author

Claudia Williams is the daughter and only surviving child of legendary Red Sox hitter and left fielder Ted Williams. A nurse, she lives in Hernando, Florida, with her husband, Eric Abel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2014

    This book is SO much more than a memoir of Ted Williams. Soon a

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2014

    objective well written story!

    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!

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    Posted March 8, 2015

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