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Ball Four

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  • Ball Four (Sports Publishing LLC) – Hardcover (2000)
    by Jim Bouton

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    Hardcover, Sports Publishing LLC
    2000
    English
    20th Anniversary ed.
    528 pages

    ISBN: 1582613109
    ISBN-13: 9781582613109

    When Ball Four was first published in 1970, it ignited a firestorm of controversy that raged far beyond the boundaries of baseball. From players and team executives to journalists and broadcasters, everyone had a mostly negative opinion about Jim Bouton's nearly 500- page expose. The former Yankee pitching star was labeled a Judas, a Benedict Arnold and a social leper. Then Commissioner Bowie Kuhn attempted to force Bouton to sign a statement that the stories he told weren't true. The San Diego Padres burned a copy of Ball ... Show more

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Reviews of Ball Four

Overall customer rating: 3.334
Raymond A

BAD Book!

by Raymond A on Aug 22, 2013

I could not finish this book. It is in the trash. At best I would describe it as an egotistical screed laced with obscenities on virtually every page. Not worth the paper it is printed on.

baldyankeefan

Good Book!!

by baldyankeefan on Jan 28, 2010

Bought for my dad, and I read it when he was done. Very informative.

KevyKanga

Honest, entertaining, significant

by KevyKanga on May 31, 2007

I first discovered "Ball Four" while on student exchange from Australia in the USA. Not knowing much about baseball, it provided me with a lot of very personal, open, and honest insight into the game. It's written like a journal, so if you don't have a lot of time you can easily read very small sections without affecting continuity, but if you have all day there's nothing to stop you reading page after page. "Ball Four" apparently caused quite a stir when it was originally released, because the American public didn't like to have the squeaky clean image of their heroes challenged. To me, it's refreshing to be able to get behind the scenes and see that the elevated superstars are ordinary people.

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