Esquire Classic Podcast
Esquire Classic Podcast
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What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now? by Richard Ben Cramer
27 minutes Posted Apr 18, 2016 at 4:37 am.
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Richard Ben Cramer’s masterful profile of Ted Williams from 1986 is often cited as one of the greatest magazine stories of all time. It’s about a sports idol who wanted fame but hated celebrity, who shouted louder than anyone but demanded privacy, who wanted to be the best at everything, always, and thus wanted to be immortal. Former Esquire editor David Hirshey joins host David Brancaccio to discuss the enigmatic and bigger-than-life Teddy Ballgame and the journalist who finally uncovered his essence.