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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 in Ball Four, his diary of the season he tried to pitch his way back from oblivion on the strength of a knuckler. The real curve, though, is Bouton's honesty. He carves humans out of heroes, and shines a light into the game's corners. A quarter century later, Bouton's unique baseball voice can still bring the heat.
Have not read it yet. I dont think it is the original Ball Four. But i am sure i will enjoy it.Published 1 month ago by George E Georgian
May have been good for its time, but it's not very scandalous for today. Still an Interesting insight to the clubhouses of the sixties and then attitude of management towards the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Suzanne Zupan
I read it every year at the All-Star break. Sunshine, summer heat, smell of the grass...it's such a beautiful day for a ball game, let's play 2. Great read.Published 4 months ago by michael benzie
I just read the book, of course it is out-dated now. Did find it interesting to learn of by gone era in baseball. Being 48 I recall a few of the players he talked about. Read morePublished on July 4 2013 by George
Bouton is a bright guy who writes pretty well in both the serious and humorous vein.
It's hard to imagine given the present times, just how controversial this book was in its... Read more
I still have my original copy of this expose by Bouton. It is revealing and funny but it is also very much a betrayal of his former teammates and friends. Read morePublished on June 16 2010 by Larry Wood
My teacher for my History of Sports class recommended this book and I bought it. He told us that is was a very controversial book at the time because it spoke of things that were... Read morePublished on April 24 2004 by M. Buisman
Even aside from its baseball aspects, Ball Four probably deserves recognition as the funniest string of anecdotes ever put on paper. Read morePublished on Dec 21 2003 by Max J Rosenthal