Batting champion stories in the SI Vault

I Hope Rod Carew Hits .400 By Ted Williams, July 18, 1977 Giving the salmon some peace, the erstwhile Splendid Splinter, now a self-confessed "old frog," hooks up with the young man who is trying to bring back 1941.

A Murderers' Row Of One By Craig Neff, July 27, 1987 Yankee Don Mattingly tied a doughty old record by homering in eight straight games.

Bat Man By Tom Verducci, July 28, 1997 At 37, seven-time hitting champion Tony Gwynn has become so good that he is the most proficient batter since Ted Williams.

By Tom Verducci, August 09, 1999 As they closed in on magic hit number 3,000, Tony Gwynn and Wade Boggs looked back on eerily similar careers that established them as the top contact hitters of their time.

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