By Daniel Fierman
August 20, 2004 at 04:00 AM EDT

Waiting For Teddy Williams


As a Red Sox fan?and one who delighted in Jason Varitek’s pounding of pretty boy Alex Rodriguez the other week?I should have enjoyed Waiting For Teddy Williams. It?s fast-paced, steeped in New England lore, and it follows a young Vermont lad on his way to the World Series with the Sox?and reconciliation with his dad. But Howard Frank Mosher?s book ultimately is a swing-and-miss, a mishmash of olde tyme tropes that in its better moments recalls the baseball pulps of the ’40s and ’50s, and in its worst, a rejected screenplay for ”Field of Dreams.”

For kids: B+ For adults: C

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