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When the master speaks, the prudent listen. Arguably the greatest hitter since Babe Ruth, Ted Williams, never one to couch opinions, creates a system for ranking the best hitters of all time in this gregarious volume that is ripe with personal anecdote, observation, and bias. Not only is the list itself enticing and convincingly argued--Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmy Foxx, and Joe DiMaggio form the heart of his order--so are most of the shots he takes at some pretty big names. Given Williams's position on defense, a few of his convictions may seem out of left field, but if the gospel according to Ted deems Carl Yastrzemski, George Brett, Pete Rose, and Reggie Jackson underachievers, so be it. And his analyses of current artists with a bat such as Frank Thomas, Ken Griffey Jr., Tony Gwynn, and Mike Piazza are as solid as line drives up the middle. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
No one is better qualified to choose baseball's greatest batters than Williams, the last major leaguer to hit over .400. With freelance writer Prime, he presents his list of the top 20, with also-rans and potential future candidates. He begins by repeating his often-quoted assertion that "Hitting a baseball is the single most difficult thing to do in sport" and then presents his views on the five attributes needed to become a great hitter: intelligence, courage, eyesight, power and timing. To him the ultimate statistic is production, according to which Williams ranks second only to Babe Ruth in the history of the game. The list itself contains few surprises, and there seems little to argue with in his choices, although fans of Reggie Jackson and Rod Carew will be disappointed. Photos.
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