Looking for a Father’s Day gift for a Red Sox fan? We here at Extra Bases just solved your problem.
There’s a terrific book out called Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu: John Updike on Ted Williams
The book is a reprint of Updike’s timeless story on Williams that was published in The New Yorker in 1960. To the classic final version of the essay, long out-of-print, Updike added an autobiographical preface and a substantial new afterword before his death.
You can learn more about the book — and order it — at the Library of America web site.
The Library of America is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to preserving America’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, authoritative and uniform editions of our finest and most significant writings.
You can win a free copy of the book right now. Here are five trivia questions on The Splendid Splinter. The first five blog readers to answer them correctly win a free copy of the book.
CONTEST OVER: Congrats to Anthony, Matt, Henry, Aaron and Josh for winning!
Here are the questions:
Question 1: As recounted in Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu, Ted Williams hit a home run in the last at-bat of his career, on September 28, 1960. What did he do in the first at-bat, against the Yankees’ ace Red Ruffing, on April 20, 1939? Answer: he struck out.
Question 2: Who was on deck when Williams homered in his last at-bat? Answer: Jim Pagliaroni.
Question 3: During his 19-year career, how many seasons did Williams lead the American league in on base percentage? Answer: 12.
Question 4: Ted Williams flew as a wingman for which famous aviator during the Korean War? Answer: John Glenn.
Question 5: What eastern Massachusetts town hosted the Ted Williams Baseball Camp? Answer: Lakeville, Mass.