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The Resource Ball Four

Ball Four

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Ball Four
Title
Ball Four
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Summary
The 50th Anniversary edition of "the book that changed baseball" (NPR), chosen by Time magazine as one of the "100 Greatest Non-Fiction" books. When Ball Four was published in 1970, it created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold, and a "social leper" for having violated the "sanctity of the clubhouse." Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying the book wasn't true. Ballplayers, most of whom hadn't read it, denounced the book. It was even banned by a few libraries. Almost everyone else, however, loved Ball Four. Fans liked discovering that athletes were real people—often wildly funny people. David Halberstam, who won a Pulitzer for his reporting on Vietnam, wrote a piece in Harper's that said of Bouton: "He has written . . . a book deep in the American vein, so deep in fact that it is by no means a sports book." Today Ball Four has taken on another role—as a time capsule of life in the sixties. "It is not just a diary of Bouton's 1969 season with the Seattle Pilots and Houston Astros," says sportswriter Jim Caple. "It's a vibrant, funny, telling history of an era that seems even further away than four decades. To call it simply a 'tell all book' is like describing The Grapes of Wrath as a book about harvesting peaches in California." Includes a new foreword by Jim Bouton's wife, Paula Kurman "An irreverent, best-selling book that angered baseball's hierarchy and changed the way journalists and fans viewed the sports world." —The Washington Post
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Bouton, Jim
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Biography & Autobiography
  • Nonfiction
  • Sports & Recreations
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Ball Four
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:0e0ef2b2-df1a-4829-b7d3-2326b97eefc4
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9780795323249
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Ball Four
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:0e0ef2b2-df1a-4829-b7d3-2326b97eefc4
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
http://library.link/vocab/inputERC
True
Isbn
9780795323249
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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