Earlier this week journalist and writer Richard Ben Kramer passed away at the age of 63. Best known for his book "What It Takes" that describes the 1988 US Presidential election in ways that had never been reported, Kramer was also wrote about baseball.
This is not hyperbole: what I'm about to link to is the single best piece of baseball writing that I have ever read.
It's going to take you 30 minutes to get through this profile of Ted Williams. But in those 30 minutes you're going to love Ted Williams, hate Ted Williams, respect Ted Williams, loathe Ted Williams and learn something you didn't know about Ted Williams.
And when it's over, you're going to be pissed it's over. Because that's what great writing does. Makes you mad that you don't get anymore.
Don't take my word for it, though. The piece, published in Esquire in 1986, is listed in their list of the 7 best pieces they've ever published in the 75+ years they've been in service.
RIP Mr. Kramer.