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The Wingmen, by Adam Lazarus

The Unlikely, Unusual, Unbreakable Friendship Between John Glenn and Ted Williams

"Carefully researched and skillfully rendered, this is the compelling story of the enduring bond between two genuine American heroes."

Bob Costas | Sportscaster

The untold story of the unique fifty-year friendship between two American icons: John Glenn, the unassailable pioneer of space exploration and Ted Williams, indisputably the greatest hitter in baseball history.


Jun 8, 2024
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"Drawing on interviews and archival research, Lazarus narrates his story in an easy and accessible style. It adds up to a touching and highly readable story of male friendship."

Publishers Weekly

In many ways, John Glenn and Ted Williams were dissimilar. But they shared the essential traits of bravery, loyalty, devotion to excellence, and despite political differences, authentic patriotism. Carefully researched and skillfully rendered, this is the compelling story of the enduring bond between two genuine American heroes.

Bob Costas


Of all that has been written about ‘The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived’ Adam Lazarus’ portrayal of Captain Ted Williams, USMC, and a friendship forged in war with John Glenn is a remarkable story told in great detail that makes The Wingmen an automatic member in the starting lineup of any and all tales of Number 9’s incredible life.

Mike Barnicle

Senior Contributor, Morning Joe

"Quite simply a wonderful book."


The detail in this book gave me a whole new perspective on the bond between John Glenn and Ted Williams, one forged through combat missions in Korea and lasted the rest of their lives. Adam Lazarus captures not just a great American friendship, but also a great American ideal: that for all that makes two people like John Glenn and Ted Williams different, there are special bonds that unite us through service and patriotism.

Mark Kelly

U.S. Senator, astronaut, U.S. Navy combat pilot

In the air with Captain Teddy Ballgame, tight on Major John Glenn’s wing, dropping bombs and dodging flak, is about as thrilling as reading gets for this baseball fan. A terrific, surprising book about two American heroes who trusted each other with their lives and became the unlikeliest of friends.

Robert Lipsyte

Author of An Accidental Sportswriter

"Adam Lazarus’s 'The Wingmen' is an excellent history of the friendship between Ted Williams and pilot/astronaut/senator John Glenn. Teddy Ballgame fans will learn some new things about their hero. A worthwhile read."

Dan Shaughnessy

Boston Globe

Adam Lazarus has given us a prize: This is an account of two American heroes who must not be forgotten: John Glenn and Ted Williams. They shared combat duty during the Korean War in exceptionally dangerous duty and then returned home to write their place as space legends and baseball legends. I cannot imagine two more gifted and heroic Americans and I will always treasure my personal relationship with both. Generations to come must honor them forever.

Tom Brokaw

Author of The Greatest Generation

I thought I knew the story of the Splendid Splinter, Ted Williams, on the baseball diamond and battlefields. Just like I thought I knew all there was about Old Magnet Tail, John Glenn. Wrong on both counts. But thankfully Adam Lazarus saved my tail with his splendid narrative on these two American icons and their extraordinary friendship.

Larry Tye

Author of Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend and Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Lion


Adam Lazarus is an author specializing in non-fiction books featuring iconic and compelling figures in American history.

Adam Lazarus, Author

Adam’s fifth book, The Wingmen: The Unlikely, Unusual, Unbreakable Friendship Between John Glenn and Ted Williams, was released in August 2023 and has received favorable reviews and mentions from outlets such as the New York Post, the Boston Globe, Kirkus Reviews, Booklist/ALA, and Publishers Weekly

Previous books written by Adam include Chasing Greatness, Super Bowl Monday, Best of Rivals, and Hail to the Redskins: Gibbs, the Diesel, the Hogs, and the Glory Days of D.C.’s Football Dynasty

His writing has also appeared in USA Today, ESPN the Magazine, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among other publications. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Kenyon College and a master’s degree in professional writing from Carnegie Mellon University. He lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, twin boys, and a variety of four-legged children (dogs). 


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