Richard Ben Cramer
Here is perhaps he best paragraph ever written about an American athlete.
From "What Do You Think of Ted Williams Now?" Esquire Magazine, June 1986
"It was forty-five years ago, when achievements with a bat first brought him to the nation's notice, that Ted Williams began work on his defense. He wanted fame, and wanted it with a pure, hot eagerness that would have been embarrassing in a smaller man. But he could not stand celebrity. This is a bitch of a line to draw in America's dust."
RIP Richard Ben Cramer (June 12, 1950 -- January 7, 2013), a writing hero and someone I was lucky enough to call a friend.