Ball Four: The Final Pitch

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Midpoint Trade Books, Incorporated, Jan 1, 2010 - Sports & Recreation - 528 pages
532 Reviews
Ball Four is a baseball classic, a number one bestseller when it was published; it still is in demand throughout the U.S. Now in a new updated hardcover edition, Ball Four will reach a whole new generation of avid baseball fans. In fact, Ball Four has been selected by the NY Public Library as one of the "Books of the Century." And David Halberstam writes: "a book deep in the American Vein, so deep in fact that is by no means a sports book." Bouton has written a baseball book about the reality of the game. Thirty years after its publication, it remains as wonderful to read as ever.

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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
Plus, he's a pretty funny damn writer.) - Goodreads
Ball Four gives a lot of insight into the pressures o - Goodreads
The writing is not dated at all. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

I can't believe I have never read the originator of all the tell-all sports books. A great read, enjoyable all the way through, especially the updated version with the extra chapters every 10 years after the book's release. Read full review

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User Review  - Seth - Goodreads

3+ The main part of the book is worth reading, at least for a sports fan who's curious about landmarks like Ball Four's initial publishing, but as a read it drags -- a diary that is appreciable from ... Read full review

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Jim Bouton was a major league pitcher for the New York Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves. His book, Ball Four, was entered into evidence at the decisive arbitration hearing that led to free-agency in baseball, and the New York Public Library included it as one of its Books of the Century.

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