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7 edition of Ball Four found in the catalog.

Ball Four

The Final Pitch

by Jim Bouton

  • 45 Want to read
  • 10 Currently reading

Published by Sports Publishing .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Sports & Recreation,
  • Sports,
  • SPO,
  • SPO003000,
  • Baseball - General

  • The Physical Object
    FormatHardcover
    Number of Pages544
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL8787863M
    ISBN 101582613109
    ISBN 109781582613109
    OCLC/WorldCa45427762

    Among the books was precisely one sports-related book: "Ball Four." If I were going to recommend just one baseball book to someone between the ages of, . Book, Internet Resource: All Authors / Contributors: Jim Bouton; Leonard Shecter. Find more information about: ISBN: OCLC Number: Notes: Revised edition of: Ball four plus ball five. # Ball four plus ball five.\/span>\n \u00A0\u00A0\u00A0\n schema.

      If you ever had the chance to have Jim Bouton sign a copy of “Ball Four,” his autograph often came with the quip, “Smoke ’em inside.”. That was . A completely updated edition of "the book that changed baseball" (), chosen by Time magazine as one of the " Greatest Non-Fiction" books. When Ball Four was published in , it created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold, and a "social leper" for having violated the "sanctity of the clubhouse.".

    Reading Ball Four, I got the distinct sensation that Bouton was pulling his punches, that the book could have been substantially more shocking and sordid. If Bouton set out to write a dirty book. Ball Four was an important book not so much for what it said but because it was the trailblazer in a new genre of tell all books that sought to rip the veneer off of the pro sports’ PR machines that successfully portrayed the players and teams as something that they were not.


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Ball Four by Jim Bouton Download PDF EPUB FB2

When first published inBall Four stunned the sports world. The commissioner, executives, and players were shocked. Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and ""social leper."" Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him Cited by: 4.

Ball Four might be the greatest baseball book ever written. Correction, Ball Four might be the greatest sports book ever written. What Bouton accomplished with Ball Four was to tear the cover off of professional sports by exposing the tangled core underneath the canned responses to interviews, the hagiography of sports heroes, and the mundane existence of 4/5.

'Ball Four': The Book That Changed Baseball Fifty years ago, a young pitcher won his first major league game for the New York Yankees. Jim Bouton went on to become a top-flight player. But he. A completely updated edition of “the book that changed baseball” (NPR), chosen by Time magazine as one of the “ Greatest Non-Fiction” books.

When Ball Four was published init created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold, and a “social leper” for having violated the “sanctity of the clubhouse.”/5(). Jim Bouton wrote Ball Four during the baseball season with the Seattle Pilots. I read Ball Four the first time in the ’s before reading it.

Ball Four soldcopies in hardcover, and countless more in paperback. It has been reissued three times, once every ten years, with epilogues updating Bouton’s life and the lives of some of his teammates and friends from the pages of his book.

When Ball Four was first published init 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.4/4(3).

“Ball Four was a book I wanted to write,” he says. “Foul Ball was a book I had to write. Today Bouton lives in a forest in western Massachusetts. Jim Bouton was born in Newark, NJ, in He grew up in Rochelle Park, a blue-collar town that was too small for Little League.

The result was that kids learned to play baseball without Brand: RosettaBooks. Jim Bouton with an updated version of “Ball Four” in Sports Illustrated placed it at No.

3 on a list of the top sports books of all time. “Ball Four” sold millions of copies and remains in print 49 years later, and was the only sports book included in the New York Public Library’s list of “Books of the Century.”. Reading and re-reading “Ball Four” has been, to quote Neil Young at the Band’s Last Waltz, one of the pleasures of my life.

It has also, alas, been the burr under my saddle for 40 years. Rev. of: Ball four plus ball five. Pages:   JIm Bouton, whose controversial book "Ball Four" exposed the personal lives of his baseball teammates, died Wednesday, his wife Paula Kurman said.

He was Ball Four was a best seller in and probably still is the best selling American sports book of all time. It was named as one of The New York Public Library’s Books of the Century. Roger Angell attributed to the success of the book to Jim Bouton’s ability as a “day-to-day observer, hard thinker, marvelous listener, comical critic.

'Ball Four': The Book That Changed Baseball. Ap • Fifty years ago, a young pitcher won his first major league game for the New York Yankees. Jim Bouton went on to become a top Author: Jim Bouton.

As much as Ball Four made a star and a household name out of its author, it did much more when it made its way onto bookshelves in the spring of Today, 45 years after its publication and surprising rise to national bestseller lists, the book continues to serve as a snapshot of baseball and American culture in the s.

Jim Bouton, a once-promising pitcher with the New York Yankees who found greater fame as the author of “Ball Four,” an irreverent, best-selling book that angered baseball’s hierarchy and.

Jim Bouton, the sore-armed pitcher for the New York Yankees and other teams whose "Ball Four" is widely considered the most important book about American sports ever written, died Wednesday, Major. Baseball was outraged when the book first came out in Many players and baseball executives considered Bouton a turncoat.

But the years have shown that Ball Four was a groundbreaking book, one that set the standard for tell-all books to come. These other books, however, have never reached the level of excellence of Bouton's "Ball Four."Cited by: 4. Open Library is an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published.

Ball Four by Jim Bouton; 7 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Baseball, Baseball players, Biography; Places: United States; People: Jim Bouton. Twentieth-anniversary edition of a baseball classic, with a new epilogue by Jim first published inBall Four stunned the sports world.

The commissioner, executives, and players were shocked. Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and "social leper." Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him to declare the book untrue.4/5().

His critics argued that Ball Four was bad for baseball. For me, however, an eleven-year old who had recently discovered baseball, the book made the players seem human and the game more engaging.

Having recently reread Ball Four by Jim Bouton, it’s hard not to share the humor and wit of one of baseball’s finest books. Ball Four was written during the season by Bouton, a knuckleball pitcher trying to get his career back on track.

He’d spent the previous season in the minor leagues after beginning.