The Kid Blasts a Winner: Ted Williams’s 110 Game-Deciding Home Runs

Author: Bill Nowlin


SKU: 9781955398169 Category: Tag:
Publisher: Summer Game Books
Product ID: 943128


As if Ted Williams’s numbers needed any help, recent research reveals that 110 of his 521 career home runs-more than 20%-were game-winners. “The Kid” Blasts a Winner, by Red Sox guru Bill Nowlin, tells the story of every one of them. Williams’s first game-winner came just 10 games into his career, a mammoth blast, likely the longest ball ever hit at Briggs Stadium. His last came more than 21 years later, the 520th of his career, a 2-run shot that carried the Red Sox to a 2-1 win against the Senators. For those two winners the 108 in between, Nowlin provides background on the teams and opposition pitchers, recounts the key plays and players, and describes each home run in glorious detail.

“The Kid” Blasts a Winner was a labor of love for baseball historian and Ted Williams authority Nowlin and the detail he provides is astounding. The narrative leans heavily on the use of newspaper accounts of the games-with headlines and excerpts adding color and depth to the narrative. Numerous quotes from Williams are also included, both from the newspaper stories and later reminiscences from The Splinter.

Also included are a section that breaks down the game-winning home runs by opponent, inning, walk-off, and other categories, features on The Kid’s .406 season and unforgettable All-Star Game homers, and an amazing notes section that runs more than 50 pages, packed with background stories about Williams and the Red Sox, stats and trivia, and hyperlinks to dozens of related articles. Taken on its own, the end notes read like a condensed version of Williams’s unmatched career, full of little-known facts and sidebars that also serve to recreate baseball’s classic era of the 1940s and 1950s.

“The Kid” Blasts a Winner IS a winner-a front-row seat to some of the greatest games played by one of baseball’s greatest players. If you thought the legend of Ted Williams could grow no larger, get ready to become even more awed.

ISBN: 9781955398169
Publisher: Summer Game Books
Pub Date: 05/2022
Format: Paperback
Weight: 0.92lbs
Size: 8.25h x 5.50w x 0.76d

Additional information

Weight 0.92 lbs
Dimensions 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.76 in