Jim Bouton passes.Boyhood idol cause he was a Yankee.Hit a homer off him in 1965 in 1st ML win.Reading his classic,”Ball Four”on the spring training team bus to Pompano Beach, Frank Robby saw me,wouldn’t talk to me for a month.Unique man,that happened to pitch. #RIP @masnOrioles
For my money, the two best baseball books...The Boys of Summer and Ball Four. RIP Jim Bouton.
He and Ball Four were a revelation for an 11 year old. As if we’d been chained to reading nothing but Hardy Boys for 10 years and now comes our first Mad Magazine. https://t.co/AQUUfs9u4L
Today on Uni Watch: A deep dive on Orel Hersheiser's pioneering equipment innovation and cap modification. Plus a soccer team celebrates a uniform anniversary, more on 'Ball Four,' a Teespring discount, and more! https://t.co/95kjaZdOV4
Jim Bouton wrote the greatest baseball love story ever told -- a New Testament of baseball, story that tore open the body of the game and revealed its heart. My column #ballfour #mlb https://t.co/MRZNIjc7oq
For nearly fifty years we’ve spent a good piece of our lives gripping copies of ‘Ball Four’ and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time. https://t.co/BRVD9k8Y1p
Jim Bouton, baseball pitcher whose 'Ball Four' gave irreverent peek inside the game, dies at 80 https://t.co/j6FQxcnRpe
"Ball Four" author Jim Bouton died this week. His book opened my eyes when it comes to athletes as heroes. I still read it today with his autographed card as a bookmark. Hope you find the fastball again wherever you are, sir, and when you do, "pound that Budweiser!" https://t.co/4U82dcqDgt
Jim Bouton’s frankness hurt some people and angered others, but “Ball Four” changed the way games are covered https://t.co/S8tFpKuUMS
Jim Bouton, baseball pitcher whose ‘Ball Four’ gave irreverent peek inside the game, dies at 80 https://t.co/CShlH8rKEE
Jim Bouton’s frankness hurt some and angered others, but ‘Ball Four’ changed the way baseball is covered https://t.co/MpaxfVtmyA
rereading Ball Four by Mouton and can’t help but wonder if you got the shillelagh from him? #BallFour #breakouttheshillelaghs
REWRITE While we rightly celebrate Jim Bouton and Ball Four, we should also recognize Jim Brosnan, whose The Ling Season and Pennant Race gave us the first glimpse behind the curtain. Interesting that both were pitchers? #bleacherteeets
legend Jim Bouton. Re-reading Ball Four during early days of #AtlanticYards was eye opening all over again. Meant a lot to have his support for challenging the illusory promises made by FCRC. https://t.co/ZB6VoRVDn0
Second, even if a book like Ball Four did get written today, I suspect it would be a lot more boring. Big salaries and the pressure-cooker of analytics has made the stakes too high for players to be doing what they used to in their free time.
The first is that one of the commonalities of the Bouton obituaries was that Ball Four changed sports writing to something more tell-all, scandalous, etc. Maybe. But that underplays how scandalous something like Ball Four would be *today*.
Picked up Ball Four, which I had never read, after the passing of Jim Bouton. It's good! Two things stand out:
Love your article! I don’t know how much times I read Ball Four 🤙 I was so excited that he mentioned playing Minor League ball in Hawaii. Once again Mahalo for this piece ‼️ https://t.co/tHMXkegOv8
The realism of Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" made it revolutionary. Its hilarity made it endure.
's remembrance of the former Pilots pitcher, who died Wednesday at age 80: https://t.co/YsI7rJalbX
If You Still Haven’t Read Jim Bouton’s Landmark Tell-All Baseball Memoir ‘Ball Four,’ You Must. He’d Just Died at 80 https://t.co/NLGKijsdkf
Jim Bouton, a pitcher of modest achievement but a celebrated iconoclast, passed away after a long struggle with vascular dementia. https://t.co/sz2brK1xRM
Like many of my junior high friends, Ball Four was the first “adult” book we ever read. Bouton and his co-author Leonard Shecter revolutionized the way we write about sports and what we expect as readers. https://t.co/nI6NOLdBNF
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People remember the content of "Ball Four" but not the medium. It was one of the first "tape recorder" books composed. Each night during the 1969 season, Bouton spoke into a tape... https://t.co/O3J5FurOzT
Thanks, Jim. “You see,” he wrote, “you spend a good deal of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.” https://t.co/mJBvDohnpE
He told the truth about baseball then and now - Jim Bouton, ex-Yankees pitcher and 'Ball Four' author, dies (from @AP
Jim Bouton, Author of Tell-All Baseball Memoir ‘Ball Four,’ Dies at 80 - The New York Times
I believe that Ball Four made me a bigger baseball fan. It ripped down the curtain and allowed me to see my “heroes” as regular people. https://t.co/wps7erOiBu
Ball Four was great reading, one of my favorites, written by a guy who beat the Cardinals twice in the ‘64 WS.
“You see,” he wrote, “you spend a good deal of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.” @MLB
FYI, Jim u will not b forgotten meSani - Jim Bouton, ex-Yankees pitcher and 'Ball Four' author, dies https://t.co/ynxOdlNlAc
Thanks for the reminder of the last sentence in Ball Four, Thom.
Hopefully, one of the 24 "news" networks or @MLBNetwork
will do some on the late Jim Bouton. Twenty game winner, author of groundbreaking "Ball Four" (and it's underrated follow-up "I'm glad you didn't take it personally."). Also, one of the founders of @bigleaguechew
Without in any way disputing thes importance of Jim Bouton and Ball Four, we should also recognize Jim Brosnan, who’s The Long Season and Pennant Race helped pave the way. Interesting that both were pitchers? #bleachertweets
You see, you spend a good deal of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.” https://t.co/vCYtnZjUbT
New post: Molinaro | Jim Bouton’s “Ball Four” was trailblazing, among the greatest books of the 20th century – Virgi https://t.co/ZCWYdm8BpP
Jim Bouton’s frankness hurt some people and angered others, but “Ball Four” changed the way games are covered https://t.co/BUwSUhs0yq
Jim Bouton’s frankness hurt some people and angered others, but “Ball Four” changed the way games are covered https://t.co/7SatPWRpeU
"Ball Four" was one of the first books I ever read on Major League baseball. A controversial figure for sure, but nonetheless sad to see him go. https://t.co/9SPrze9kxq
A great writer, storyteller. I was given after-school-detention, getting caught reading “Ball Four” in class. #willbemissed
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I agree. One of the rather difficult passages early on in Ball Four is his reference to his daughter in light of what happened years later.