"Hub fans bid Kid Adieu"

Words from John Updike's essay ''Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu," inspired by Ted Williams's home run in his last at-bat. (Find full text of the Oct. 22, 1960 New Yorker magazine essay here.)
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  1. lyric
    expressing deep emotion
    Fenway Park, in Boston, is a lyric little bandbox of a ballpark.
  2. artifact
    a man-made object
    It was built in 1912 and rebuilt in 1934, and offers, as do most Boston artifacts, a compromise between Man's Euclidian determinations and Nature's beguiling irregularities.
  3. compromise
    an accommodation in which both sides make concessions
    It was built in 1912 and rebuilt in 1934, and offers, as do most Boston artifacts, a compromise between Man's Euclidian determinations and Nature's beguiling irregularities.
  4. determination
    deciding or controlling something's outcome or nature
    It was built in 1912 and rebuilt in 1934, and offers, as do most Boston artifacts, a compromise between Man's Euclidian determinations and Nature's beguiling irregularities.
  5. beguiling
    highly attractive and able to arouse hope or desire
    It was built in 1912 and rebuilt in 1934, and offers, as do most Boston artifacts, a compromise between Man's Euclidian determinations and Nature's beguiling irregularities.
  6. league
    an association of states or individuals for common action
    Its right field is one of the deepest in the American League, while its left field is the shortest; the high left-field wall, three hundred and fifteen feet from home plate along the foul line, virtually thrusts its surface at right-handed hitters.
  7. thrust
    push forcefully
    Its right field is one of the deepest in the American League, while its left field is the shortest; the high left-field wall, three hundred and fifteen feet from home plate along the foul line, virtually thrusts its surface at right-handed hitters.
  8. surface
    the outer boundary of an artifact or a material layer
    Its right field is one of the deepest in the American League, while its left field is the shortest; the high left-field wall, three hundred and fifteen feet from home plate along the foul line, virtually thrusts its surface at right-handed hitters.
  9. tread
    stomp heavily or roughly
    On the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 28th, 1960, as I took a seat behind third base, a uniformed groundkeeper was treading the top of this wall, picking batting-practice home runs out of the screen, like a mushroom gatherer seen in Wordsworthian perspective on the verge of a cliff.
  10. perspective
    a way of regarding situations or topics
    On the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 28th, 1960, as I took a seat behind third base, a uniformed groundkeeper was treading the top of this wall, picking batting-practice home runs out of the screen, like a mushroom gatherer seen in Wordsworthian perspective on the verge of a cliff.
  11. verge
    the limit beyond which something happens or changes
    On the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 28th, 1960, as I took a seat behind third base, a uniformed groundkeeper was treading the top of this wall, picking batting-practice home runs out of the screen, like a mushroom gatherer seen in Wordsworthian perspective on the verge of a cliff.
  12. cliff
    a steep high face of rock
    On the afternoon of Wednesday, Sept. 28th, 1960, as I took a seat behind third base, a uniformed groundkeeper was treading the top of this wall, picking batting-practice home runs out of the screen, like a mushroom gatherer seen in Wordsworthian perspective on the verge of a cliff.
  13. medley
    a musical composition consisting of a series of songs
    A jangling medley of incompetent youth and aging competence, the Red Sox were finishing in seventh place only because the Kansas City Athletics had locked them out of the cellar.
  14. incompetent
    not qualified or suited for a purpose
    A jangling medley of incompetent youth and aging competence, the Red Sox were finishing in seventh place only because the Kansas City Athletics had locked them out of the cellar.
  15. nimble
    moving quickly and lightly
    They were scheduled to play the Baltimore Orioles, a much nimbler blend of May and December, who had been dumped from pennant contention a week before by the insatiable Yankees.
  16. blend
    mix together different elements
    They were scheduled to play the Baltimore Orioles, a much nimbler blend of May and December, who had been dumped from pennant contention a week before by the insatiable Yankees.
  17. contention
    the act of competing as for profit or a prize
    They were scheduled to play the Baltimore Orioles, a much nimbler blend of May and December, who had been dumped from pennant contention a week before by the insatiable Yankees.
  18. insatiable
    impossible to fulfill, appease, or gratify
    They were scheduled to play the Baltimore Orioles, a much nimbler blend of May and December, who had been dumped from pennant contention a week before by the insatiable Yankees.
  19. primarily
    for the most part
    I, and 10,453 others, had shown up primarily because this was the Red Sox's last home game of the season, and therefore the last time in all eternity that their regular left fielder, known to the headlines as ''Ted, Kid, Splinter, Thumper, TW, and most cloyingly, MisTer Wonderful,'' would play in Boston.
  20. eternity
    time without end
    I, and 10,453 others, had shown up primarily because this was the Red Sox's last home game of the season, and therefore the last time in all eternity that their regular left fielder, known to the headlines as ''Ted, Kid, Splinter, Thumper, TW, and most cloyingly, MisTer Wonderful,'' would play in Boston.
  21. abysmal
    exceptionally bad or displeasing
    He was forty-two and had redeemed his abysmal season of 1959 with a - considering his advanced age - fine one.
Created on April 20, 2012 (updated April 20, 2012)

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