The story appears on

Page A15

July 12, 2019

GET this page in PDF

Free for subscribers

View shopping cart

Related News

Home » Sports » Baseball

Bouton, ex-Yankees pitcher and ‘Ball Four’ author, dies

Former New York Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton, whose irreverent, raunchy baseball memoir, “Ball Four,” attracted both hostility and acclaim, died on Wednesday at his home in Massachusetts, according to media reports. He was 80.

The Newark, New Jersey, native died following a battle with a brain disease linked to dementia after weeks of hospice care, New York’s Daily News reported. The knuckleballer, who spent 10 years in the major leagues, was best known for writing the best-selling “Ball Four,” recounting the 1969 season when he was a member of the expansion Seattle Pilots and the Houston Astros as well as his earlier years with the Yankees. The book gave fans a rare, intimate glimpse into the drinking, drug use and sexual escapades that went on in professional baseball at that time. “You see, 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,” Bouton wrote at the end of his book. When released, “Ball Four” was harshly criticized within the game, especially by baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn. But the memoir became widely popular with baseball fans. Bouton, who finished his career with a 62-63 record and a 3.57 ERA, enjoyed his best season in 1963, when he won 21 games and was an All-Star. He pitched in two World Series for the Yankees.


Copyright © 1999- Shanghai Daily. All rights reserved.Preferably viewed with Internet Explorer 8 or newer browsers.

沪公网安备 31010602000204号

Email this to your friend