I don’t think you have to be a Red Sox fan, even a sports fan, to appreciate the story presented in David Halberstam’s The Teammates: A Portrait of a Friendship. Sure, this is a baseball book. Of course it’s a slice of Red Sox history.

More importantly, though, this is a book about friendship: the long, lasting friendships we’re each lucky to come across when we forge a bond with someone and that bond lasts through the years.

Ted Williams, Johnny Pesky, Bobby Doerr and Dom DiMaggio became teammates first, then friends. This friendship, as captured through David Halberstam’s writing, not only sheds light on a magical period of time in Red Sox history, it also makes a reader understand a bit about the men who became iconic figures for so many of us fans. And it makes me realize just how much these guys helped each other personally and professionally.

It also makes me want to meet the three remaining members of this group. But that’s neither here nor there.