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Must-click link: Hub fans bid The Kid Adieu 50 years ago tomorrow

Sep 27, 2010, 11:28 AM EDT

Apologies to those who know this already, but John Updike’s “Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu” is one of the best and most influential things ever written about baseball.  It was occasioned by Ted Williams’ final game, which took place 50 years ago tomorrow.

Updike was in the crowd — he was supposed to meet a woman for an extra-marital tryst on Beacon Hill, but got stood up and went to the game instead — and was inspired to write about it all in the ensuing days. Less than a month later it was reprinted in The New Yorker, and the careers of a generation or three of baseball writers was born.

If you have the time today — and I suggest you make time — the essay can be read over at the New Yorker’s website.  You won’t read anything better today. Or most days, actually.

  1. Old Gator - Sep 27, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Apology accepted.
    .
    And Nietzsche was right: women are no damned good. Updike should have brought his whip.

  2. BC - Sep 27, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    Or a good adult magazine.

  3. mrfloydpink - Sep 27, 2010 at 12:32 PM

    You know, I’ve never understood why this kind of overwrought prose is judged to be brilliant sportswriting. This, George Will, Jim Murray, I just don’t get it. Articles like this just encourage the Mitch Alboms and Rick Reillys and Bill Plaschkes of the world.
    Give me a Posnanski article–clear, lucid, thoughtful–over this kind of pseudo-poetry–anytime.

  4. mrfloydpink - Sep 27, 2010 at 12:34 PM

    You know, I’ve never understood why this kind of overwrought prose is judged to be brilliant sportswriting. This, George Will, Jim Murray, I just don’t get it. Articles like this just encourage the Mitch Alboms and Rick Reillys and Bill Plaschkes of the world.
    Give me a Posnanski article–clear, concise, thoughtful–over this kind of pseudo-poetry anytime.

  5. Alex Poterack - Sep 27, 2010 at 1:29 PM

    For what it’s worth, Posnanski LOVES this piece. I agree with you that this sort of thing can be overdone, but I think Updike gets the balance just right here.

  6. ChrisKoz - Sep 27, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    “Shut up, Updike!”

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