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Friday, February 24, 2012

There Goes Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived - Matt Tavares

Released February 2012

Matt Tavares
Candlewick Press

Book review by Bob Walch

Young baseball fans, especially those who live in New England, will enjoy reading this lively picture book biography about perhaps the most famous player to ever wear a Red Sox uniform.

With Fenway Park celebrating its centennial this season, this is a very timely volume that offers an excellent introduction to this iconic slugger. The author follows Williams from his boyhood in San Diego through his early years with the Red Sox team. Just when Williams was really beginning to turn heads and make his mark as a hitter, along came World War II.  Like many professional athletes, Ted took a “time out” to serve in the military. He did the same thing during the Korean conflict as well.

Loaded with excellent illustrations and plenty of statistics, this book makes the case for Williams and the “Greatest Hitter” designation. After reading this introduction to Ted Williams, the young reader can look for more detailed books that dissect the hitter’s career.  Then, after further research and a little conversation with other fans, the youngster can make up his or her own mind.

If you are a loyal Red Sox fan there's probably little to discuss. Of course, Ted was the greatest hitter of all time!

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