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    Ball Four (Paperback) By (author) Jim Bouton, Edited by Leonard Schecter

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    DescriptionTwentieth-anniversary edition of a baseball classic, with a new epilogue by Jim Bouton. When first published in 1970, Ball Four stunned the sports world. The commissioner, executives, and players were shocked. Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and ""social leper."" Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him to declare the book untrue. Fans, however, loved the book. And serious critics called it an important social document. Today, Jim Bouton is still not invited to Oldtimer's Days at Yankee Stadium. But his landmark book is still being read by people who don'tordinarily follow baseball.


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    Title
    Ball Four
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jim Bouton, Edited by Leonard Schecter
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 496
    Width: 145 mm
    Height: 210 mm
    Thickness: 27 mm
    Weight: 454 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780020306658
    ISBN 10: 0020306652
    Classifications

    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1KBB
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.4
    BIC subject category V2: BGS
    BIC E4L: SPO
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    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T General Subject: 760
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 24450
    Libri: I-SR
    DC22: B
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    Ingram Subject Code: SR
    BISAC V2.8: PER000000
    DC21: 796.3
    LC classification: GV865.B69A
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    B&T Approval Code: A09302025
    DC22: 796.357/092
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    BISAC V2.8: SPO003000, SPO003010
    BIC subject category V2: 1KBB
    BISAC V2.8: BIO026000
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: GV865.B69 A3 1990
    Edition
    20
    Edition statement
    Anniversary ed.
    Publisher
    Turner Publishing Company
    Imprint name
    Hungry Minds Inc,U.S.
    Publication date
    26 July 1990
    Publication City/Country
    Foster City
    Author Information
    Jim Bouton, former major league pitcher, is now a writer, businessman, motivational speaker and ace pitcher for a semipro baseball team near his home in Teaneck, New Jersey.
    Review quote
    * 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
    Back cover copy
    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.