Beyond the batter's box

"Ted Williams: The Greatest Hitter That Ever Lived" won't convince anyone that the late Red Sox legend should be eligible for sainthood, but the documentary does reveal the softer side of the stubborn slugger who quietly helped fellow players who were down on their luck and insisted the media not cover much of his charity work. Jon Hamm provides the narration.

8 p.m., TPT, Ch. 2

Riding the rails

Michael Portillo, who already conquered the Twin Cities on "Great American Railroad Journeys," now sets his sights on other regional attractions, including one of Laura Ingalls Wilder's childhood homes and Winona, Minn., where he learns how the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers made the Mississippi River navigable. The former British politician also dances at a Dakota tribal gathering.

9 p.m., TPT, Ch. 2

Eye on the ball

The World Cup and Wimbledon may have scored in your hearts, but to experience some real sports heroics, check out "The War to Be Her," a new "POV" documentary about a Pakistani squash player who impresses on court even as her family faces threats from the Taliban. Even if squash isn't your game, you'll end up cheering for plucky Maria Toorpakai.

10 p.m., TPT, Ch. 2

Neal Justin