Yesterday, arguably the greatest hitter in the history of baseball, would have turned 91.
His baseball career is legendary and well chronicled. As fascinating as he was on the field, he seemed to be equally captivating off the field. To learn more about the man and not just the player, we turn to baseball aficionado and historian David Halberstam. In case you are not familar with him, Halberstam has written a number of excellent books on history and baseball. These include October 1964 (about the 1964 World Series between the Yankees and Cardinals) and Summer of '49 (about the 1949 pennant race between the Yankees and Red Sox.). If you are a fan of baseball and have not read these books, we recommend that you do so.
Williams was a hero of Halberstam's and he recounts for us the day that they spent together.
Happy 91st to a man who, by all accounts, earned the right to be called a hero.