Author David Halberstam died this evening in a car accident.
I note this because Halberstam’s book “The Summer of ’49”, about the individuals, circumstances, and the heartbreak of the 1949 seasons of the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, remains one of the best books written about the sport I have ever had the pleasure of reading. It’s one of those books I get down off the shelf and read every so often. (His other books are good, too.) And “The Summer of ’49” also inspired my fierce and lifelong admiration for Ted Williams, the greatest hitter who ever lived.