Williams was the best hitter in baseball history. His batting average of .406 in 1941 has not been topped since, and no player who has hit more than 500 home runs has a higher career batting average. Those totals would have been even higher if Williams had not left baseball for nearly five years in the prime of his career to serve as a Marine pilot in WWII and Korea.
"Beyond the Diamond"
"Top of the Class" by Dorothy Wickenden; "TV Dinners" by Bill Buford; "A Return" by Ben Bradlee; "Untrung" by Jim Holt; "The Closer" by Sasha Frere-Jones; and "Power Players" by David Denby.