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The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by YankeeFan, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Heard an interview with Ben Bradlee Jr. yesterday on NPR's Fresh Air. He was discussing his new book The Kid: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams.

    Such an interesting and complicated guy. (Much like his peer, Joe DiMaggio.) So much to admire about him, and so much to not like too.

    Full audio and transcript of the interview is here: http://n.pr/1dPJVXj

    Book excerpt here: http://n.pr/1eVGcop
  2. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    What is different about this book as compared to Leigh Montville's exhaustive bio from five or six years ago?
  3. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Based on the excerpts published in the Globe, Bradlee had more cooperation from Ted's kids than Leigh did. Whether that makes his account better or worse I don't know. But really, this book falls into the ever popular "Here's a present you kids can get Granddad" genre.
  4. Dick Whitman

    Dick Whitman Well-Known Member

    800-plus pages on a baseball player. That would take quite a commitment.
  5. Steak Snabler

    Steak Snabler Well-Known Member

    Yeah, I questioned why we needed another Mickey Mantle book until I read Jane Leavy's "The Last Boy," which was freakin' awesome.
  6. buckweaver

    buckweaver Active Member

    That's what I'm wondering.

    The NPR interview sure didn't make me want to rush out and read this book. How much damn time are we going to spend on cryogenics again?
  7. Starman

    Starman Well-Known Member

    Haven't read the book of course, but at this point the whole cryogenics deal is just a bizarre little footnote to an estate squabble between stepsiblings.

    At this point what difference does it really make if Ted Williams' body, or any part of it, is rotting in a coffin six feet under, is granules of dissolved ash at the bottom of the ocean, or frozen in a freezer?

    In some ways the whole cryogenics thing is the complete rejection of faith-based concepts of the afterlife, but what's more far-fetched, to believe in a supreme being who will someday reunite your body and soul and restore it to life, or to believe that over a span of hundreds (or thousands) of years, your frozen corpse pieces will be maintained in a facility which never ever loses power, never goes bankrupt, never gets hit by an earthquake, never gets sold off to some company hundreds of years from now who never heard of you and certainly never saw any of the money you or your heirs paid to be frozen?

    Right now I would put money on the premise that the ultimate fate of Ted Williams' head will be to be fed into an incinerator along with a bunch of other thawed-out bodies nobody in the year 2213 wants to fool around with.
  8. Boom_70

    Boom_70 Well-Known Member

    One of the requirements of new health care plan is covering reattachment.
  9. H.L. Mencken

    H.L. Mencken Member

    The excerpt in The Globe about Ted and how he ushered in a new era of media (in a way) is worth reading.

  10. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Talk about a different world, huh:

  11. Double J

    Double J Active Member

    The Globe had separate staffs and circulations for its morning and evening editions? That blows me away.
  12. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    That lasted until the mid-'70s.
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