April 29, 2010
April 29, 2010
On September 28, 1960-a day that will live forever in the hearts of fans-Red Sox slugger Ted Williams stepped up to the plate for his last at-bat in Fenway Park. Seizing the occasion, he belted a solo home run- a storybook ending to a storied career. In the stands that afternoon was 28-year-old John Updike, inspired by the moment to make his lone venture into the field of sports reporting. More than just a matchless account of that fabled final game, Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu is a brilliant evocation of Williams' competitive spirit, an intensity of dedication that still "crowds the throat with joy." Now, on the 50th anniversary of the dramatic exit of baseball's greatest hitter, The Library of America presents a commemorative edition of Hub Fans, prepared by the author just months before his death. To the classic final version of the essay, long out-of- print, Updike added an autobiographical preface and a substantial new afterword. Here is a baseball book for the ages, a fan's notes of the very highest order.
Many people feel that trying to insightfully describe athletic performance in words is an exercise in futility, but if any writer can achieve this impossible ambition, it must be John Updike, who spent a career brilliantly elucidating the beauty and wonder hidden in ordinary moments. And what better sports subject for Updike to train his literary gaze on than Ted Williams, renowned by many as the greatest hitter in baseball history. This thin volume includes a sparkling essay that young Updike wrote about Williams back in 1960, as well as a new preface and afterword he wrote just before his death in 2009.
- Genre: Sports + Recreation, Literary Collections
- Subgenre: Essays, Baseball / History
- Publisher: Library of America, The
- Pages: 47
- Language: English
- Author: John Updike
- Online Item #: 12223073
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 247-04-1697
- ISBN: 9781598530711
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported