Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu

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.

Fans now flock to Fenway to pay insane prices to pack what Updike then called the “lyric little bandbox.”

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.



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I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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9 Responses to Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu

  1. Thanks for helping me scratch one gift off of my Christmas list, Gerry! My mother-in-law, a 91-year-old avid Red Sox fan who watches EVERY SINGLE game, will love it!

  2. Graham says:

    I remember we all ran home from school to listen to the game on the ‘radio”. My mother listened to every game every day while doing housework and even kept a score card of every game for years.
    It was “very cool” to hear the crack of the bat for that last homer…… thanks for making me think of that again. What a nice way to start a dreay day.

    • Gerry says:

      Graham, it made me think of my first baseball glove, a Ted model from Sears. Ted endorsed Sears sporting goods and outdoors equipment, and actually tested the stuff himself. It was a great glove. Even Ted’s autograph was classy.

  3. Jeez. Tempus does fugit. 50 years? And did you see Waterbury’s Jimmy Piersall at Fenway the other day – in that pregame ceremony? He’s 81, and looks every bit of it. Pesky, who’s ten years older, looks like he could be Piersall’s son.

    • Gerry says:

      I was kind of hoping Piersall would walk backward when he was introduced. It looked like his spirit was willing, but…
      Pesky, on the other hand, is unbelievable. Someone needs to sit down with him with a tape recorder and do an extensive oral history.

  4. Li'l Em-Kel says:

    Ted and Tony Gwynn filmed a conversation about hitting for TV broadcast in 1995. Does anyone know where/how to get it?

  5. Li’l em

    I think I read somewhere that Manny Ramirez has the only copy of that, and he’s refusing to part with it. For the time being. Check Roger Craig’s List, after Manny hangs up the cleats.

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