On June 9th at Fenway Park The Red Sox unveiled a statue dedicated to the decades long friendship between four teammates and Hall of Famers. The bond between them would last long past their time spent together as Red Sox. They were brought together by a team, bonded through serving their country during a war and learned the secret of life through the death of a friend. Their names were Ted Williams, Dom DiMaggio, Johnny Pesky & Bobby Doerr.
When Ted Williams fell very ill Pesky and Dom journied with Boston media icon Dick Flavin to spend time with their friend. Bobby could not make the two and a half day care ride with his friends because he was with his wife who had just taken a stroke. David Halberstam's classic "The Teammates: Portrait of a Friendship"chronicles the journey of Pesky and DiMaggio to visit Williams in his final days.
The dedication that is inscribed on plaque on the Teammates statue:
- They came to Boston from the West Coast -- 2B Bobby Doerr from Los Angeles Calif. in 1937; LF Ted Williams from San Diego, Calif. in 1939; CF Dominic DiMaggio from San Francisco in 1940; and SS Johnny Pesky from Portland, Ore. in 1942.
- They were Red Sox teammates for seven seasons, but best friends for a lifetime. In total, they played for the Red Sox for 52 seasons and have over 150 years of service with the Red Sox organization.
- They served their country in World War II, a total of 11 years.
- They led the Red Sox to a record of 653 wins vs. 424 losses for a .606 pct. during their time together.
- They sparked the Red Sox to 104 wins and the American League championship in 1946.
- They were American League All-Star selections 36 times.
- They were masters of their positions on the field.
- They are all in the Red Sox Hall of Fame, and Ted and Bobby are also in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.
- They left an unmatched legacy in Red Sox history.
- They are immortalized in David Halberstam's poignant 2003 book, The Teammates, A Portrait of Friendship.
- To Red Sox fans the world over, they are simply known as Bobby, Ted, Dom, and Johnny.