That was the title of the classic story John Updike wrote for the October 22, 1960 edition of The New Yorker.
It was an account of Ted Williams’ final game for the Boston Red Sox. That game was 50 years ago today. On the final swing of his career, Teddy Ballgame hit his 521st home run.
On the day that Ted Williams rounded the bases for the last time and never took a bow…never looked back…there were 10,455 paying customers. 10,455. One of them was John Updike.
Just before he died last year, Updike prepared a bound reissue of “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu.” What a perfect gift for those who admire perfection at home plate or at the keyboard.
Fifty years ago today. Oh my.