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- The Final Pitch
- By: Jim Bouton
- Narrated by: Jim Bouton
- Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
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.
Three Ten Year Updates Give Bouton a 5th Star
- By Byron on 08-09-12
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.
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