Ball Four

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Wiley, Jul 26, 1990 - Sports & Recreation - 504 pages
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Twentieth-anniversary edition of a baseball classic, with a new epilogue by Jim Bouton.

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'tordinarily follow baseball.

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User Review  - Scott_Hercher - LibraryThing

One of the most important sports books every written. Even more so than Jerry Kramer's Instant Replay, Ball Four takes the reader not just into the locker room, but into the mind set of the ... Read full review

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User Review  - mjspear - LibraryThing

First-hand account of a gifted pitcher who played for 4 major league teams in the 1960s, including the Yankees. Bouton has a great sarcastic voice and isn't afraid to tell all, especially about fellow players. (He had a love/hate relationship with Mickey Mantle, e.g.) Read full review


And Then I Died 101
APPENDIx Tell Your Statistics To Shut Up
BALL SIXTwenty Years Later

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Jim Bouton, former major league pitcher, is now a writer, businessman, motivational speaker and ace pitcher for a semipro baseball team near his home in Teaneck, New Jersey.

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