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The Kid: Ted Williams in San Diego [Hardcover]

Bill Nowlin , Tom Larwin , G. Jay Walker , Dan Boyle , Bill Swank , James D. Smith III , Stew Thornley , Joe Naiman , Carlos Bauer

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28 Aug 2013 1579400949 978-1579400941
As a major-league baseball Hall of Famer, there is little doubt that Ted Williams was the greatest hitter of his era. THE KID presents the story of Williams' formative years, the years before he made it to the major leagues. From Mexican-American and English-Welsh roots, and from a broken home, this child of the Depression determined to become "the greatest hitter who ever lived" and many feel he accomplished his goal. This book presents the perspectives of eight authors--representing the Ted Williams Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research, the SABR chapter based in San Diego. The authors write about Ted's family roots, his sandlot ball, high school play and his seasons with the Pacific Coast League and American Association teams before, at age 20, he joined the Boston Red Sox and began his career in big league baseball.

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Bill Nowlin is author of more than 40 books on baseball and other subjects.

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In 1918, the year in which Ted Williams was born, the city of San Diego's population was about 68,000... with another 30,000 or so in the county area around the city. Read the first page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great information, but...... 17 Feb 2006
By George J. Miller - Published on
This book was a very pleasant surprise. It is one book that details his early years in San Diego. Reading of Ted's high school games, tournaments, the PCL, his exibition games in SD, etc, was great. Unfortunately the second half really bogs down with some information that I was not interested in. Researching the origins of his family; the father's military and work record; etc. were not the things I was looking for. Too much time was spent debating the years his parents were born - and then never really coming to a conclusion. Again, there was too much in the second half of the book that was of very little interest to me. I would rate the first half of the book 5 stars. The second half detracts from the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I would read it again 2 Jan 2006
By Aaron - Published on
Ive read 8 books in the last year about ted williams and I found that this book doesnt talk as much about his life but more of his statistics throughout his years in the PCL , AA , HS , and MLB. It is amazing that they were able to find the statistics they did for his highschool days and the few tournaments he played in. But if you are going for a more complete book about his life I would go with Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero by Leigh Montville.
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