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Ball Four
ISBN: 9781630260347
 
 
 
 
   
 
  Category: Sports
 
  Description: 
THE COMPLETE BALL FOUR: The beloved baseball classic now available in paperback, with an updated epilogue by Jim Bouton

When Ball Four was first published in 1970, it hit the sports world like a lightning bolt. Commissioners, executives, and players were shocked. Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and ""social leper."" Commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him to declare the book untrue. Fans, however, loved the book. And serious critics called it an important social document. Today, Jim Bouton is still not invited to Old-Timer's Days at Yankee Stadium. But his landmark book is still being read by people who don't ordinarily follow baseball.

In the updated edition of this historic book, Bouton writes about:

His reconciliation with Mickey Mantle
His son’s Father’s Day letter to The New York Times
His heartwarming return to Old-Timers’ Day at Yankee Stadium
His solution to baseball’s performance enhancing drug problem


“Ball Four is a people book, not just a baseball book.” —Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times


“Modestly and ingratiatingly, it is an authentic revolutionary manifesto.” —George Frazier, Boston Globe


“A great book, wildly entertaining, worth reading every two or three years.” —Rob Neyer, ESPN.com