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Subject: MORE ON "BALL FOUR"


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Rob Durkee
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Date Posted: Thursday, July 11, 09:28:09am
In reply to: Dies at 80 's message, "Former Yankees Pitcher &" Ball Four" Author Jim Bouton" on Wednesday, July 10, 05:14:45pm

It was a landmark sports book….because it was the first sports book of a tell-all nature. “Ball Four” came out in 1970. Its author, pitcher Jim Bouton died Wednesday at the age of 80.

I bought “Ball Four" when I was in, of all places, Taiwan while touring with the 600th Air Force Band located at Clark Air Base, Republic of the Philippines. At the time, Taiwan had no copyright laws, so it didn’t cost me much as I recall. Maybe $6-$7. “Ball Four” has had many different covers but the one shown above is the one I own.

“Ball Four” had Bouton telling things like Mickey Mantle’s excessive drinking.

And then there were the quotes, like how Roger Maris would get in the last word to rowdy fans by saying, “How much money are YOU making?” At the time, Maris was making $70,000 a year.

My favorite quote from the book came from outfielder Tommy Harper, when got his discharge from the Air Force. He was told that if he stayed and “re-uped” that he’d be promoted to Staff Sergeant…to which Harper replied, “I wouldn’t re-up for two years if you made me a general.”

For much more on this breaking story...

http://static.espn.go.com/mlb/ballfour/neyer.html

https://sports.yahoo.com/report-former-yankees-pitcher-controversial-baseball-author-jim-bouton-dies-after-battle-with-dementia-001433436.html

https://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/jim-bouton-ball-four-author-and-former-yankees-pitcher-dies-at-age-80/

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/10/sports/baseball/jim-bouton-dead-ball-four.html

https://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/27164793/bouton-ex-yankee-ball-four-author-dies

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ball_Four

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Bouton

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