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Shawn Higgins 4/14/04 Book Review My Turn at Bat: The Story of My Life, written in 1969, could be the name of any number of hitters that have played the game of baseball. It could even be a metaphor for something that doesn't even relate to the game of baseball. But that's not the case here, this book is about, arguably the greatest hitter to ever play the game. This book is about the only player to ever hit .400. The only man to be inducted into seven different hall of fames. This book tells the story of Ted Williams through his eyes, the way he lived on and off the field. The author John Underwood does a good job in terms of letting the reader get a first person point of view when it comes to the life of this Boston Red Sox legend. The book first starts out with Ted Williams stating that, "I'm glad it's over", he then goes on to explain what he means by this. ...read more.


He felt that when he was a young player he didn't get the protection that he needed for a player in his position. He was just a small town kid from California before he moved to the east coast to play for the sox. He did however make some stops along the way, but only a few, and they were with small teams such as the first minor league team he played for in Minneapolis. He recalls these players from the minor leagues as being lovers of the game; they just played because it was all they knew. There were no big contracts to get in the way and most importantly no press to make him look bad in the eyes of the public. Williams also talks a lot about his mother and father at the start of the story. He says that he was never close to his father until he started to make it to the Major Leagues. He said his Father was a quiet man that worked for him self in a photographic shop Until Ted's teen years and then he moved onto the San Diego police. ...read more.


Ted says he would pick Eddies brain to learn more about how to become better as a fisherman, a lot like he would quiz his teammates when he first joined the Red Sox. He says he would be a nuisance, he would ask players about hitting, such as Cronin and Cramer, he would ask Vosmik about this pitcher or that one. He was the kind of guy that new others could help him and he wasn't shy about seeking that help. The Story of Ted Williams life didn't change how I felt about him as a player but it did change how I felt about him as a person. Ted Williams was not a showboat kind of player; he even talks about how much he hated those kind of guys. He fought for his country because it was the right thing to do at the time. He never complained about how much money he was making, he was more concerned with how to better his swing or his bat speed. Ted Williams is a model of what ball players should be all about, and he should be a reality check to the present day major league players. 1 ...read more.

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