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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.
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 1 month 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
I have been reading up on Mickey Mantle since seeing the movie 61*, about the Mantle/Maris race to beat Babe Ruth's single season home run record. Read morePublished on June 23 2003
What can I say about this book? I used to read it every summer. I read it by date (June 9, I read June 9 entry) tracked the stats etc. I first read this book in eighth grade. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2002 by Timothy Gager