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‘Facing Ted Williams’ by Dave Heller

Given that there’s enough top-grade baseball literature to buckle the shelf a bit more than is customary with sports writing, it is no mean feat that of all baseball players, Ted Williams is arguably best represented in that canon.

His autobiography, “My Turn at Bat,” is so good that you do not have to give a fig about baseball to lose yourself headlong in it, whether you’re a 12-year-old sandlot master, or a middle-age housewife looking for something to read. Williams’s “The Science of Hitting” isn’t far behind — a monograph on how best to smack a round ball with a round club, that might as well be a metaphor for how to live a life outside of the white lines.

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