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    Re: SI: The Swing

    Ted Williams was reputed to have had 20/10 vision, which I do not doubt, as he was a decorated fighter pilot in the Marine Corps. (In Korea Lt. Williams served as wingman to Capt. John H. Glenn, Jr., USMC.)
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    Re: SI: The Swing

    Quote Originally Posted by Big Klu View Post
    Ted Williams was reputed to have had 20/10 vision, which I do not doubt, as he was a decorated fighter pilot in the Marine Corps. (In Koream Lt. Williams served as wingman to Capt. John H. Glenn, Jr., USMC.)
    I have 20/16 vision and excellent hand-eye coordination. Too bad I'm terrified of baseballs. And flying.

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    When Williams was older he got really angry in an interview when the interviewer kept referring to his eyesight and his "innate talent" hitting. Ted then told him about hour after hour of practice as a youth, hitting until his hands broke open and the blisters bled. Swinging in front of a mirror for hours to perfect his swing. Spending every nickel he could earn in his teens to pay kids to shag balls for him so he could just hit ball after ball for hours on end. I read there is threshold for any art - it begins at about 10,000 hours of dedicated practice to achieve mastery and in some arts, like sports, it is also handicapped by age barriers. Williams, DiMaggio, Rose, many others, pay that price but lots and lots of very talented youths never pay the price they need to pay in practice and dedication. Williams was very critical of many younger players for not being dedicated enough and was a bit bristly at the thought his ability was somehow the product of some natural gifts when he saw it as the product of a lot of hard darn work and painstaking study. The same overwhelming dedication and practice theme lies behind other "gifted" hitters like Votto, Gwynn, Boggs, Rose....almost all pro athletes work hard but these guys take the work ethic to extremes that even most pros find ridiculous - and they excelled because of it.

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