And, a year later, World Books brought out Ball Four, by a struggling journeyman pitcher named Jim Bouton
And, a year later, World Books brought out Ball Four, by a struggling journeyman pitcher named Jim Bouton.
Jim Bouton - image from NPR. Baseball Almanac entry for Bouton. Bouton sold the materials he used in making the book. This lovely NY Times piece includes a revelation on where the book’s title originated. This is one of the seminal shoot beaver and tell books.
The book has a plot - Jim Bouton struggling to master the knuckle ball, and not doing a particularly brilliant job of i. In the end, "Ball Four" wound up becoming pretty tame compared to the books that followed.
The book has a plot - Jim Bouton struggling to master the knuckle ball, and not doing a particularly brilliant job of it. He gets sent to the minors for a while, botches up a start, and winds up being sent to the Houston Astros at the trade deadline. At first he seems to be a struggling victim, but when I read the book a second time, I felt less sympathy for him - Bouton was given chances, and did only an average job when called upon. He overrated his own abilities. It remained a defining moment in the literature of the sport.
It was not my purpose to do this, but on reflection, it’s probably not a bad idea. I think we are all better off looking across at someone, rather than up.
Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver (German: Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer) is a children's novel written by Michael Ende. The main characters are Emma the steam locomotive, her driver Luke (Lukas) and the young accomplice Jim Button (Jim Knopf) who together go on an adventure. The story begins and ends on the small fictional island of Morrowland (Lummerland).
Ball Four is a high-and-inside fastball which will forever be a journalistic classic.