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Blackstone's of Beacon Hill to host Ben Bradlee, Jr. for a book signing & talk of The KID
Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill and Hampshire House to co-host local author, Ben Bradlee, Jr. for a talk and book signing of The KID: The Immortal Life of Ted Williams at the Hampshire House
“As we all know at the age of 23, Ted Williams was the last hitter in baseball to bat over .400 with his .406 average in 1941. But did you know that 17 years later, after serving in WWII and Korea, he almost did it again with a .388 average in 1957,” says Mark Duffield, co-owner of Blackstone’s and an avid baseball fan! “Boston and baseball go hand-in-hand so we are thrilled to have Ben Bradlee on our roster of authors this season;” adds Jennifer Hill, co-owner of Blackstone’s.
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About The KID book
Ted Williams wanted to be an immortal. He arrived in Boston in 1939, a cocky 20 year–old phenom eager to become, in his words, the “greatest hitter who ever lived.”Just two years later his .406 batting average–a mark that has never again been met–backed up that claim. In The Kid, Ben Bradlee, Jr., draws on numerous untapped sources to take us inside the clubhouse, the batter’s box, and beyond. He reveals new details about Williams’s feelings of shame over his Mexican heritage, his war service, the rages that fueled his brilliance on the field but severely damaged his private life, and the bizarre family drama that played out after Ted’s death, when his body was cryonically preserved. The Kid is the story of a man as big as his myth, the story of an exceptional, tumultuous and epic American life – an immortal life.
About Ben Bradlee, Jr.
Ben Bradlee, Jr. spent 25 years at the Boston Globe as a reporter and editor, overseeing as deputy managing editor, among many critically acclaimed stories, the Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Beacon Hill’s gift shop for neighbors and visitors alike, Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill is ‘the little store with the big heart.’ This popular destination in Beacon Hill is a multi-award winning store celebrated for its unique and distinctive selection of gifts for any occasion, all seasons, and every person. Founded on July 10, 1982, Blackstone’s of Beacon Hill is a Boston neighborhood tradition.
About the Hampshire House
Located in the heart of Boston’s famous Beacon Hill, the Hampshire House is your home for private events of distinction. This delightful venue is a favorite for your most elegant affair. Host your wedding, rehearsal dinner, holiday party, corporate events, business meetings or personal celebration in the warmth of our intimate Bostonian Mansion.
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