Ted Williams, My Father
Ted Williams, My Father
Ecco Press, Hardcover, 9780062259561, 307pp.
Publication Date: May 13, 2014
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.