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

Want To Buy Some Vintage Condoms With Ted Williams's Face On Them?

Take a look at what is likely National Hygenic's most infamous product: a brand of condoms released in the 1950s that were unwittingly endorsed by Ted Williams. And now you can own a pack for just $99. » 10/08/13 9:51am 10/08/13 9:51am

A Sampling From One Artist's Effort To Draw All 295 Members Of The…

Summer Anne Burton is drawing every member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame in chronological order. She began the project in January, 2011, and she would be thrilled to draw your favorite baseball player for you. Here are some of her drawings. Click the images to expand. » 9/29/11 12:10pm 9/29/11 12:10pm

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

Stories That Don't Suck: SportsFeat's Guide To The Ballplayer's Twilight

Every Friday, SportsFeat picks a few great weekend reads for Deadspin. In honor of Derek Jeter and his labored quest for 3,000 hits, here are well-told stories of ballplayers just before, in the years after, or at the exact moment they retired. » 7/08/11 4:38pm 7/08/11 4:38pm

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

"Golden Radio Voice" Guy Has Golden Mugshot History

Courtesy of "NFL Facts and Rumors" via The Smoking Gun comes visual documentation as to why the Ted Williams had trouble getting a job. Also, he was detained by LAPD early this morning for squabbling. [The Smoking Gun] » 1/11/11 2:40pm 1/11/11 2:40pm

Here's Ted Williams Talking About His Final Home Run

Updike, Schmupdike. Here's The Splendid Splinter in his own words, talking about his last home run, how he knew it was going to happen, and depriving the fans of the hat tip they wanted oh so much. » 9/28/10 6:05pm 9/28/10 6:05pm

Stories That Actually Do Kind Of Suck: John Updike On Ted Williams

It's the 50th anniversary of Ted Williams's final game, which means someone, inevitably, will want to talk about John Updike's gooey poetastering all over the pages of New Yorker. Read the story again, if you can bear it, and then explain to me what a "peeping-type Easter egg" is. » 9/28/10 5:37pm 9/28/10 5:37pm

Somehow, The Chilled Afterlife Of Ted Williams Manages To Get Weirder

Workers at Alcor, the cryonics lab where the frozen leftovers of Ted Williams are being preserved in liquid nitrogen, allegedly decapitated the Splendid Splinter and mutilated his head with a monkey wrench. There goes the greatest sentence ever written. » 10/02/09 10:30am 10/02/09 10:30am

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