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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 ... Show synopsis

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  • BAD Book! Aug 22, 2013
    by Raymond A

    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.

  • Good Book!! Jan 28, 2010
    by baldyankeefan

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

  • Honest, entertaining, significant May 31, 2007
    by KevyKanga

    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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