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  • Ball Four: The Final Pitch

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Jim Bouton
    • Narrated By Jim Bouton
    Overall
    (232)
    Performance
    (204)
    Story
    (204)

    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"
    "Good Insight Into Quirks of Baseball in 1960's"
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    Would you try another book from Jim Bouton and/or Jim Bouton?

    Probably not; but a definite NO if he reads it!


    Would you recommend Ball Four to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, but only if you love baseball and are at least 50 years old. You need both to appreciate the narrative, the players' names, etc.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Jim Bouton?

    Anybody!! But, truthfully, when he occasionally snickers -- or outright laughs -- while reading things that "he wrote," it made me smile a few times; but I think my smile was "at Bouton" rather than "with Bouton."


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No


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