Charles McGrath has an appreciation of John Updike's classic essay on Ted Williams, "Hub Fans Bid Kid Adieu," on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of that piece. It is quite good. I think you should read it even if you do not like baseball.
Loved this line:
It seems obvious now, but Updike was one of the first to show that you don’t have to write down about sports or empurple them, either.
(h/t: KK, via email | post title: will become apparent upon reading McGrath)
[Added] If you've never read Updike's essay, here's the version as it originally ran in the New Yorker.