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Ball Four

The Final Pitch

Jim Bouton

The beloved baseball classic now available in paperback, with a new prologue 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 ...
Publish Date
April 1
First Published in 1970
Goodreads rating
The best baseball book.      source
Jul 11, 2019
RIP Jim Bouton, author of “Ball Four,” the greatest sports book of all time.      source
Aug 08, 2020
Get back into baseball with the best books on the sport: The Game, Jon Pessah Ball Four, Jim Bouton Veeck as in Wreck, Bill Veeck The Wrong Stuff, Bill Lee The Bronx Zoo, Sparky Lyle The Boys of Summer, Roger Kahn Five Seasons, Roger Angell Moneyball, Michael Lewis      source
Jan 02, 2021
Some favorite sports books: The Game, Dryden The Summer Game, Angell The Breaks of the Game, Halberstam Wait Till Next Year, William Goldman Seabiscuit, Laura Hillenbrand A Fan’s Notes, Exley The Sportswriter, Richard Ford Fever Pitch, Hornby Ball Four, Bouton Cheers 🍻      source
Jul 11, 2019
“Ball Four” may have been the first book I fell in love with      source
Jul 11, 2019
"You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time." — Jim Bouton If you haven't read Ball Four, well, you really need to. Best baseball book ever written. Yes, that includes Lords of the Realm.      source
Jul 11, 2019
Damn. Jim Bouton. "Ball Four" is the best baseball book ever written. It blew my 13-year-old mind and I've read it every few years since. It always holds up. Meeting him at a SABR convention in Seattle is something I'll never forget. An absolute legend.      source
Jul 11, 2019
RIP to Jim Bouton. 'Ball Four' is truly an America masterpiece. Reading that book certainly had a great influence on me....      source