Ball Four

Ball Four The Final Pitch

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New York Public Library Books of the Century Selection

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 Oldtimer's Days at Yankee Stadium. But his landmark book is still being read by people who don't ordinarily follow baseball.

For the updated edition of this historic book, Bouton has written a new epilogue, detailing his perspective on how baseball has changed since the last edition was released.

Jim Bouton was a major league pitcher for the New York Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves. His book, Ball Four, was entered into evidence at the decisive arbitration hearing...more


A book deep in the American vein, so deep in fact it is by no means a sports book"

David Halberstam

"Ball Four is a people book, not just a baseball book."

Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times