My nine-year old LOVES baseball, and he loves hitting, and he really likes to read. So I went out on amazon and bought a cheap used copy of “The Science of Hitting” by Ted Williams. It is a great book, with lots of pictures to keep your nine year-old ADHD kid interested, and some great nuggets from one of the greatest hitters ever.

Here are a few that stood out to me…..apparently Ted Williams would LOVE Adam Dunn.

“Ty Cobb once said, ‘Ted Williams sees more of the ball than any man alive-but he demands a perfect pitch. He takes too many base on balls.’

I didn’t resent that. I’m sure Cobb thought he was right. What is “seeing”?. I had 20-10 vision. A lot of guys can see that well……….What I had more of wasn’t eyesight, it was discipline…..”

and this

“I have said that a good hitter can hit a pitch that is over the plate three times better than a great hitter with a questionable ball in a tough spot. Pitchers still make enough mistakes to give you some in your happy zone. But the greatest hitter living can’t hit bad balls good.”


“Now, if a .250 hitter up forty times gets 10 hits, maybe if he had laid off bad pitches he would have gotten five walks. That’s five few at-bats or 10 hits for 35 or .286 And he would have scored more….because he would have been on base more.”

5 Responses

  1. Peter

    I always meant to buy this book but never really got around to it. Williams was ahead of his time.

  2. Jim McCullough

    Remember also that Williams thought Todd Benzinger was going to be a great hitter.

  3. Matt

    I don’t remember that…did Williams say Benzinger would be good?

  4. Matt

    Interesting, where did he say that?

    that seems strange since Benzinger didn’t hit for power, or take walks. I wonder what the context was.