Picks and Pans Review: The Science of Hitting

UPDATED 05/31/1982 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/31/1982 at 01:00 AM EDT

by Ted Williams with John Underwood

Hitting a baseball—the way Williams did in his 19 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, anyway—is more art than science. And most mortals could stare for months at Williams' chart showing the best location of pitches for a hitter and still find themselves flailing away in the .220 area. But it's enjoyable reading the passionate discussion of the process of hitting by Williams, a major league manager when he wrote this just-reissued manual in 1970. (He retired in 1973.) It's annoying, though, that so little updating has been done; the caption to one illustration lists Roberto Clemente, who died in 1972, as having the "best bat control in big leagues today." (Fireside, $7.95)

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