The Unforgettable Season

The Unforgettable Season

Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and the Record-Setting Summer of1941

Illustrator: S.D. Schindler

Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780399255014
  • 32 Pages
  • G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
  • 7-9 years


At the start of the 1941 baseball season, neither Joe DiMaggio of the New York Yankees nor Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox were beloved by baseball fans. But that all changed when Joe started a 56-game hitting streak and Ted’s batting average rose to over .400. Despite numerous challenges along the way-Joe had his bat stolen by an overeager fan and Ted’s batting average dipped to .3995 on the last day of the season-the records set by “Joltin’ Joe” and “The Splendid Splinter” have yet to be broken.

New York Times bestselling author of the Sluggers series (with Loren Long), Phil Bildner has written an accessible tribute to two of baseball’s greatest heroes. Packed with fun facts and statistics for eager fans to pore over, this book is sure to be a home run!


“Bildner narrates the tale with breathless enthusiasm, capturing the excitement that swept the nation, while cleverly incorporating facts.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“With authentic period details… Bildner and Schindler effectively evoke the baseball fever ignited by these two performances.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This winning picture book should be welcomed by baseball enthusiasts everywhere.”
School Library Journal, starred review
PRH Book Clubs Survey