How Tony Gwynn Cracked Baseball's Code And Became A Legend

If you're not old enough to remember, you may not believe it, but there was a time when Tony Gwynn was an incredible athlete, not just in the sense that he had the freakish hand-eye coordination of an eight-time National League batting champion, but in the sense that he could run and jump with anyone. There are traces… » 6/16/14 5:22pm 6/16/14 5:22pm

The Brilliant Dirty Tricks Behind Esquire's Famous Ted Williams Profile

Below you'll find Alex Belth's fun story about the making of Richard Ben Cramer's famous Esquire profile, "What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?" We shared this over earlier today, but I wanted to draw your attention to one section in particular. It's about Cramer's efforts to restore 1,500 words that had been cut… » 3/31/14 8:27pm 3/31/14 8:27pm

The Beautiful Infographics Of Ted Williams's The Science Of Hitting

In 1971, Ted Williams and John Underwood released The Science of Hitting, the definitive treatment of the subject. Few great athletes have ever been so articulate about the mechanics of their greatness, which is one reason the book holds up even today, well into the analytics era. (A decade ago, Science was required… » 2/07/14 2:53pm 2/07/14 2:53pm

Jose Reyes Is A Selfish, Gutless, Stat-Padding Quitter (Just Like Derek…

From the moment Jose Reyes dropped a first-inning bunt single and then checked out of the season's final game, leaving his average at .337 and all but assuring the Mets of the first batting title in franchise history, it was obvious that people who need something to yell about were going to yell about it. How dare… » 9/29/11 11:40am 9/29/11 11:40am

Timing The Trots For Six Famous Home Runs; Or, Bo Jackson Will Blow…

As a Brewers fan, it's pretty common to hear from others around the NL Central that no one is worse at watching and admiring his home runs than Prince Fielder and Ryan Braun. And while I can understand where these Cards and Cubs fans are coming from, I don't completely agree. After all, I get to see Albert Pujols and… » 3/31/11 12:22pm 3/31/11 12:22pm

Ted Williams' Daughter Likes To Paint, Has Issues

According to Leigh Montville’s book “Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero,” Williams was a distant father, who missed the births of son John Henry and daughter Claudia, the former for a fishing trip. His non-parenting of course caused no repercussions, as is seen in adult Claudia's happy, whimsical painting… » 11/25/08 10:30am 11/25/08 10:30am