- Mass Market Paperback: 370 pages
- Publisher: Dell; Third Dell Printing edition (1971)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0440004152
- ISBN-13: 978-0440004158
- Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (387 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #988,081 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ball Four Mass Market Paperback – 1971
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Bouton tells all, in, by today's standards, a tame fashion. We read about everything -- ballplayers cheating on their wives, playing with hangovers, racial problems between teammates, players taking uppers before a game, etc. Bouton is a very insightful writer and presents the material in a humorous manner, the humor, or barbs, is directed at his teammates, managers, coaches, and, in many instances, at himself.
Baseball was outraged when the book first came out in 1970. 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."
What makes Ball Four better than any other baseball book is that it allows its readers to see the game from a player's perspective. Never has a book given such an up-close, in-the-locker-room look at baseball. Of course, Bouton himself is brilliant. I love his sarcasm and his biting wit. Ball Four might have been a pretty good book even if it had been written by a poor writer; Bouton, though, is an excellent storyteller and his attitude is what shapes the book. If you consider yourself a fan of the game, you will buy Ball Four immediately. It has given me great joy time and time again.
You will also see that it led to several other books by Jim Bouton and even one by his ex wife (another analogy to Canseco whose ex wife also wrote a book). Bouton was a great pitcher but alas for only the period from 1961-1964. 1963 was his best season but even though he pitched well in that world series the Yankees got steamrolled by the Dodger staff with Drysdale and Koufax leading the way. After retirementhe came back to pitch for the Seattle Pilots expansion team in their first year. He had developed a knuckle ball and that allowed him some limited success. Bulldog Jim wrote a book about that experience too. He had a trick when he pitched for the Yankees. He wouldd deliberately wear a very loose fitting cap that would usually fall off his head as he delivered the pitch. This was distracting for the hitters. But in his day Bouton had a good fastball and a deceptive changeup and he was part of a great pitching rotation in 1963 that included Ford, Downing and Terry.
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Ball Four (1970) is the baseball version of Jerry Kramer’s famous football diary of a couple years earlier, except that Bouton is a lot more forthcoming about the secrets of the... Read morePublished 5 days ago by M. Buzalka
The book that really tells it like it was. I grew up in Portland, Or in the late 60's and early 70's. I love anything about the Pilots or the Mavs. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Christopher Staggs
One of the best sports books ever written. Bouton is flawless with his wit and candor about our great American pastime.Published 24 days ago by Amazon Customer
Still smart, funny, and real, but now--with the 1998 Old Timers' Day epilogue--deeply moving as well. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Rhetorician
Classic tell-all book about one of my favorite things, to follow Major League Baseball. it was ahead of its time.Published 1 month ago by David W Cook