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Ball Four: The Final Pitch by Jim Bouton
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Ball Four: The Final Pitch (original 1970; edition 2001)

by Jim Bouton

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When first published in 1970, Ball Four stunned the sports world. The commissioner, executives, and players were shocked. Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and "social leper." Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him to declare the book untrue. Fans, however, loved the book. And serious critics called it an important social document. Today, Jim Bouton is still not invited to Oldtimer's Days at Yankee Stadium. But his landmark book is still being read by people who don't ordinarily follow baseball.… (more)
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Title:Ball Four: The Final Pitch
Authors:Jim Bouton
Info:Bulldog Publishing (2001), Edition: Revised, Hardcover, 540 pages
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Ball Four: My Life and Hard Times Throwing the Knuckleball in the Big Leagues by Jim Bouton (1970)

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Eminent baseball analyst and Hall of Fame pitcher, David Cone, recently remarked during a broadcast that Jim Bouton's Ball Four was a great book and worthy of a re-read. He was right. This must be about the fourth time I've read it and each time it improves. This kindle edition includes an excellent preface and three follow-up booklets written ten, twenty, and thirty years after Ball Four. I had not read them before and they were well worth the price of this kindle edition.
Bouton's autobiographical account of his year with the Seattle Pilots, "the only (MLB) team to ever go bankrupt in the modern history of the game," had been regarded as controversial for many years: now, as Cone pointed out it is "quaint." The book is offers fascinating insights into baseball, is funny at times and sometimes heart wrenching. It is also instructive as to how to play a game and how to live a life. ( )
  RonWelton | Jun 29, 2021 |
It's hard to imagine how shocking this must have been back in the day since nothing like it had been written. I'm sure a lot of the players and other baseball personnel mentioned in the book weren't too pleased. What was shocking to me was how little the players were paid compared to the crazy salaries that are out there now. ( )
  kgramer | Mar 17, 2021 |
So tame that it's hard to believe this stirred up so much controversy when it first appeared. I guess people just liked having their sports heroes up on pedistals so much that they preferred not knowing the truth about athletes. That's one positive change that has come about in the last fifty years, and it's largely because of this little book right here. ( )
  5hrdrive | Feb 4, 2021 |
The often very funny, very often eminently quotable, book about life in baseball in the late 1960s with an expansion team. Groundbreaking in its time, still relevant in many parts, and a good read. ( )
  EricCostello | Sep 8, 2020 |
The first and best "honest'' baseball memoir. ( )
  TheJulianos | Mar 11, 2020 |
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When first published in 1970, Ball Four stunned the sports world. The commissioner, executives, and players were shocked. Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and "social leper." Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him to declare the book untrue. Fans, however, loved the book. And serious critics called it an important social document. Today, Jim Bouton is still not invited to Oldtimer's Days at Yankee Stadium. But his landmark book is still being read by people who don't ordinarily follow baseball.

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