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Ball Four

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Jim Bouton

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 inBall Four,his diary of the … see full wiki

Author: Jim Bouton
Genre: Sports
Publisher: Wiley
2 reviews about Ball Four
review by . October 13, 2010
Pros: Lives up to its hype     Cons: Doesn't surpass its hype     The Bottom Line: Bouton can take heart in the fact that the fans - you know, the people who COUNT - love him.     Ball Four hardly needs an introduction. If you're at all familiar with baseball literature, you already know about it. It is the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The All in the Family. The Hamlet, Oliver Twist, Citizen Kane, or Super Mario Bros. 3. It was, …
review by . March 13, 2003
I remember reading this book when it first came out and the stir it caused. It was the first time an athlete pulled no punches and described what goes on in the locker room and off the field. Bouton took a lot of heat and was blacklisted by many within MLB for his comments. The book is actually a diary of Bouton's comback season with the Seattle Pilots (they are now the Milwaukee Brewers). They were an expansion team with a few big name washed-up stars. Bouton, once a fireballer for the New York …
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