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The diary of a major league baseball player during one season reveals the game's venal and foolish aspects
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A book deep in the American vein, so deep in fact it is by no means a sports book" ––David Halberstam "Ball Four is a people book, not just a baseball book." ––Christopher Lehmann–Haupt, The New York Times
A book deep in the American vein, so deep in fact it is by no means a sports book" —David Halberstam " Ball Four is a people book, not just a baseball book." —Christopher Lehmann–Haupt, The New York Times
A book deep in the American vein, so deep in fact it is by no means a sports book" —David Halberstam " Ball Four is a people book, not just a baseball book." —Christopher Lehmann–Haupt, The New York Times When Ball Four was first published in 1970, it hit the sports world like a lightning bolt. Commissioners, executives, players and sportswriters were thrown into a state of shock. Stunned. Scandalized. The controversy was front–page news. Sportswriters called Bouton a Judas, a Benedict Arnold and a "social leper." Commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force the author to sign a statement saying that the book wasn′t true. One team actually burned a copy of Ball Four in protest.And Bouton is still not invited to Oldtimers′ Day at Yankee Stadium. Fans, however, loved Ball Four and serious critics called it an important document. It was also very popular among people who didn′t ordinarily follow baseball, because Ball Four is not strictly a book about baseball, but one about people who happen to be baseball players. And it′s hilariously funny. For the twentieth–anniversary edition of this historic book, Bouton has written a new epilogue, detailing his career as an inventor, his battles with the Wrigley Company over bubble gum, his take on the Pete Rose controversy, and how baseball looks two decades after he changed its public image forever.
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Book Description Hardcover. Condition: Fair. No Jacket. Readable copy. Pages may have considerable notes/highlighting. ~ ThriftBooks: Read More, Spend Less. Seller Inventory # G0025139800I5N00
Book Description Hardcover. Condition: very good. Dust Jacket Condition: very good. First edition, Complete Numbers . NOT an ex library book. Clean interior pages. Dust jacket has some creases in the laminaate layer, no chips or tears, price is not clipped. Seller Inventory # 313598
Book Description Hardcover. Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Macmillan Publishing Co., 1990; 20th Anniversary Edition, First Printing with full number line; xvii, 472pp. VG-/G+ hardcoverin VG- dust jacket. Binding is tight, sturdy, and square; boards very slightly bowed, only minor wear to edges of boards, stamped white titling remains bold; very faint water stain at foot of spine, red cloth on spine a little wavy; some foxing to top edge of page block; text very good. Water stain apparent on jacket verso; else only minor wear to edges of unclipped ($22.95) dust jacket; jacket arrives wrapped in protective mylar. Ships from Dinkytown in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Seller Inventory # 286148
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