Ball Four

Ball Four

Twentieth-anniversary edition of a baseball classic, with a new epilogue by Jim Bouton.

When first published in 1970, Ball Four stunned the sports world. The commissioner, executives, and players were shocked. Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and "social leper." Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him to declare the book untrue. Fans, however, loved the book. And serious critics called it an important social document. Today, Jim Bouton is still not invited to Oldtimer's Days at Yankee Stadium. But his landmark book is still being read by people who don't ordinarily follow baseball.

Title:Ball Four
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780020306658
Format Type:

    Ball Four Reviews

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    “A ballplayer spends a good piece of his life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.” Why you looking at me that way, BOWton?This is prob...

  • Will Byrnes

    This is one of the seminal shoot beaver and tell books. It opened up the field for sportswriters to come and got Bouton into a fair bit of trouble. It is a must-read for its look at the Yankees of Man...

  • Mel

    Loved this...sent it to my grandsons, both pitchers, and my son-in-law. ...

  • John

    Ball Four might be the greatest baseball book ever written! Correction, Ball Four might be the greatest sports book ever written. What Bouton accomplished with Ball Four was to tear the cover off of ...

  • Diane Ayres

    I read it because it was most often cited as the favorite book of so many guys I knew who came of age in the '70s. Much to my surprise, I loved it. Jim Bouton is a Wit. It's a an amusing, as well inst...

  • Phil

    This review thing asks: "What did you think?" My answer: "Jim Bouton is full of shit."I try to refrain from using profanity in things like book reviews, but in this case, it is the only way to categor...

  • Kathy Hay

    I'm not a baseball fan, but early this year I heard a brief interview with Jim Bouton and there was something about him that caught my attention - perhaps his voice (you can hear his smile in his voic...

  • Fred Shaw

    "Ball Four" is the April Baseball Book Club selection, author is Jim Bouton.Jim Bouton played professional baseball as a pitcher from 1962 to 1970. It's unheard of to have a pitcher play for that long...

  • Derek Dowell

    Prior to 1970, the rule in baseball was you better not talk publicly about what the sport and its participants were really like in the clubhouse, on the field, and traveling from city to city. But the...

  • MacK

    Sad to say, baseball nut that I am, this book stayed below my radar for years on end, when it finally became a known quantity in my life as a fan I viewed it as something rather like Great Expectation...