Jim Bouton (1939 - 2019)

  • "I just found out yesterday Jim left us. I cant get him out..."
    - Don MacBeth
  • "I would like to express my deepest sympathies for the loss..."
  • "I love baseball and loved Four Ball. I want to reach out..."
    - Paul Kessenich
  • "It's not about who don't like us but the love we gave. ..."
  • "Will always respect his no-nonsense tell it like it is way..."
    - Dustin
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Jim Bouton (Tim Boyle/Newsmakers) Jim Bouton in the Actors Memorials Photo Gallery Enlarged Photo
Jim Bouton was the former Yankee pitcher who wrote the first insiders look at life in Major League baseball. “Ball Four,” published in 1970, is considered one of the most important sports books of all time. Bouton gave readers the first inside look at the game and the players, exposing the seedier side of the sport. Before his book, baseball players had an image of wholesome milk drinking All-American guys but Bouton wrote about cheating on wives, drinking, and swearing. He was ostracized by many players and was said to be blacklisted by the league. He was a hard throwing fastball pitcher with the Yankees who won 40 games in 1962 and 1963 until an arm injury turned him into a knuckleball throwing journeyman player. After he retired, he became an actor, starring in Robert Altman’s “The Long Goodbye,” and in a sitcom version of “Ball Four” that was canceled after 5 episodes.

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