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Former Yankees pitcher, controversial baseball author Jim Bouton dies after battle with dementia

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  1. archie1959

    archie1959 High-Roller

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    Bouton pitched 10 years in the major leagues, including seven with the Yankees where he made one All-Star team and was a member of the 1962 World Series champions.
    He’s better known for his tell-all baseball book “Ball Four” that was a controversial personal account of his 1969 season in which he wrote about the personal exploits of some of his former teammates like Yankees legend Mickey Mantle and wrote about his and the rampant use of amphetamines in the game.
    80 years old.
     
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    RIP.... I read your book
     
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    Big League Chew
     
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    I was a young teen when I read that book and credit it for opening my eyes about sports stars in general...I was a clueless kid who admired having the number 7 on my little league uniform..One of my favorite summer things was the All-Star game..Doubt I could name one starter from last night off the top of my head.
     
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    OMG, I just made a Jim Bouton reference earlier!

    R.I.P. I loved that book.
     
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    Remember his line about Ted Williams taking batting practice saying 'I'm Ted Fucking Williams the greatest hitter in baseball history'
    I really thought ballplayers did not curse!!
     
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    hotreds Illegitimi non carborundum!

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    Dementia is a horrible way to go.
     
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    :wave::beer: remember him also. images_1.jpg
     
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    RIP ~ I remember seeing pitch for the Seattle Pilots. Loved Ball Four.
     
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    I was a Yankee fan back then.........Mickey Mantle fan.....of course.......living in NY suburbs.
    Bouton was this phenom when he came up !
    He pitched overhand......and knocked his cap off his head about every pitch.
    Wasn't til his arm injury......he started throwing a Knuckle ball.
    I read " Ball Four " as a kid / teen ?...........thought it was revealing .......cos nobody told those "inside" stories
    about Pro Baseball Players.......not the newspaper Beat Writers - certainly NOT like today !
    He paid a price for writing that book......alot of "back lash".......black balled , etc
    And writing the truth about Mickey Mantle ?.........Geez !.......how could he ? !
    ( Right up there with John Lennon's " We're more popular than Jesus " )
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    I also read his "follow up " book he wrote years later........can't remember the name ?
    I think that book was about him finding the knuckle ball + life after " Ball Four ".
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    In New York -
    He got a Sports TV job....after his Baseball career....was on TV for a while.......and became a more " sympathetic" figure to New Yorkers..
    No longer despised ( which was probably MORE by Baseball Establishment than the public fans ).....he endured.
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    And........I have his baseball card..........from right out of the Topps package........5 cents + a stick of gum !
    RIP, Jim.

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    The Toddster Don't be an egg-suckin' dawg!

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    That stuff was included in the later versions of the book. It was in the 1990 edition that I had. The sequel to Ball Four was called I'm Glad You Didn't Take It Personally and it dealt mostly with the fallout from Ball Four. It may be hard to find but it's a good read.
     
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    Toddster -
    That was it !
    Yeh.....it was interesting
     
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    RIP Jim. Read the book when I was a kid, then he had a followup a few years later.

    He won two of the Yanks' three wins in the '64 Series, which was won by the Cardinals in seven games.

    Like so many of the older pitchers, Tommy John surgery might have prolonged his career.