Occassional thoughts about orienteering

Saturday, March 08, 2003

Baseball and O'?


Today I read about half of Ted William's The Science of Hitting. I like baseball, but I'm not a huge fan. Still, the book is quite interesting because William's was so good at hitting and spent a lot of time trying to understand why.

One thing that stands out is that Williams spent an enormous amount of time thinking about hitting and trying to learn. He learned by asking good hitters for advice, watching good hitters, testing conventional wisdom, experimenting with different techniques, trying to understand the logic of what he was doing. He tested out analogies (e.g. he compares hitting a baseball to golf and even fishing). He never really stopped trying to learn, understand and improve.

Williams was a hitting fanatic. There is something to learn from his example.

posted by Michael | 7:16 PM


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