Ball Four

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Jim Bouton, Leonard Shecter
Wiley, Jul 26, 1990 - Biography & Autobiography - 472 pages
296 Reviews
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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Cool insight into baseball during that time. - Goodreads
Just kind of a meandering, plodding pace. - Goodreads
Bouton is a good writer. - Goodreads
Ball Four gives a lot of insight into the pressures o - Goodreads
Plus, he's a pretty funny damn writer.) - Goodreads
The writing is not dated at all. - Goodreads
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My favorite baseball book. I must have read it before the start of every baseball season.

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User Review  - Yong Lee - Goodreads

A light easy baseball reading. My favorite baseball book is still "The Long Ball," but Ball Four is a nice Sunday read. Published in 1970, the business of baseball and the money involved was different. I wonder what same book written today would be like. Read full review


part2 My Arm Isnt Sore Its Just A Little Stiff
appendix Tell Your Statistics To Shut Up
BALL SIXTwenty Years Later

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About the author (1990)

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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