Ball Four was first published in 1970 amid a storm of controversy. Bouton was called a Judas and a Benedict Arnold for having violated the "sanctity of the clubhouse." Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying the book wasn't true. Almost everyone else, however, loved the book and serious critics called it an important document.
Besides being hilariously funny, Ball Four changed the image of athletes and played a role in the economic revolution in sports. In 1975 for example, Ball Four was accepted as legal evidence against the owners at the arbitration hearing that led to free agency in baseball and, by extension, other sports.
Today Ball Four has taken on another role - as a time capsule of life in the sixties. "It's not just a diary of Bouton's 1969 season with the Seattle Pilots and Houston Astros," says sportswriter Jim Caple. "It's a vibrant, funny, telling history of an era that seems even further away than three decades. To call it simply a `tell-all book' is like describing The Grapes of Wrath as a book about harvesting peaches in California."
There are few people with more glowing credentials than Jim Bouton. Since his days of playing Major League Baseball, he has authored several books, served as a reporter for New York's WCBS-TV, appeared as an actor in both a television sitcom and in the movies, and invented Big League Chew bubble gum. Currently he stars as an entertaining corporate and banquet speaker and lives in North Egremont, Massachusetts.
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About the Author
After his career as a major league pitcher, Jim Bouton was a writer, businessman, motivational speaker, and ace pitcher for a semipro baseball team near his home in Teaneck, New Jersey. He passed away in July 2019.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A real disappointment. I read the original. He edited out many things to become more PC. Which was the allure- it was not PC crap of today. A sell out.
i enjoyed this book as much as I did the original - baseball needs this story, america needs baseball
This book opened my mind to the real side of baseball as a young fan. A totally enjoyable re-read. Rest In Peace Jim!