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Ball Four (original 1970; edition 1990)
by Jim Bouton
Ball Four: My Life and Hard Times Throwing the Knuckleball in the Big Leagues by Jim Bouton (1970)
Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0020306652, Paperback)As a player, former hurler Jim Bouton did nothing half-way; he threw so hard he'd lose his cap on almost every pitch. In the early '70s, he tossed off one of the funniest, most revealing, insider's takes on baseball life in Ball Four, his diary of the season he tried to pitch his way back from oblivion on the strength of a knuckler. The real curve, though, is Bouton's honesty. He carves humans out of heroes, and shines a light into the game's corners. A quarter century later, Bouton's unique baseball voice can still bring the heat.
(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:24:34 -0400)
The diary of a major league baseball player during one season reveals the game's venal and foolish aspects.
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