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Andrew

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  • Ball Four: The Final Pitch

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jim Bouton
    • Narrated By Jim Bouton
    Overall
    (266)
    Performance
    (237)
    Story
    (236)

    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.

    Dennis Anderson says: "Author's reading provides new insight into classic"
    "Fabulous"
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    Performance
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    Where does Ball Four rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I have listened to several hundred audio books and this was one of my all-time favorites. I loved listening to Jim read the story out loud. It was touching to hear him laugh at the funny memories and I cried along with him when he told the story of his daughter's death. Great book!


    Which character – as performed by Jim Bouton – was your favorite?

    Joe Shultz: ¨Pound those cookies into you, boys.¨


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. It was good to listen to a bit at a time.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a baseball fan, you'll love it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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