January 7, 2013 9:28 PM

RIP Richard Ben Cramer

Here is perhaps he best paragraph ever written about an American athlete.From "What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?" Esquire Magazine, June 1986"It was forty-five years ago, when achievements with a bat first brought him to the nation's notice, that Ted Williams began work on his defense. He wanted fame, and wanted it with a pure, hot eagerness that would have been embarrassing in a smaller man

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