Former New York Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton, whose irreverent, raunchy baseball memoir, "Ball Four", attracted both hostility and acclaim, died on Wednesday at his home in MA, according to media reports.
Following his decade in pro baseball, Bouton penned a juicy tell-all titled Ball Four that pulled back the curtain and revealed the inner workings of a life inside a major-league clubhouse.
Born in Newark, New Jersey, Bouton was raised in New Jersey and the Chicago area.
Bouton also attended the Old-Timers Day game in 2018 and was given a standing ovation in front of 54 guests, including six of his grandchildren who had never before seen their grandfather in his Yankees pinstripes.More news: Epstein 'tried to lead witnesses with payout'
His favorite baseball team as a kid was the New York Giants. He was a part of their World Series winning team in his rookie season of 1962.
Pitcher Jim Bouton #56 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Washington Senators during an Major League Baseball game circa 1964 at D.C. Stadium in Washington, D.C. Bouton played for the Yankees from 1962-68. He pitched at Western Michigan University before signing with the Yankees in 1958. Bouton started Game 3 and was allowed one run over seven innings while being out-dueled by future Hall of Famer Don Drysdale in a 1-0 Dodgers victory at Dodger Stadum. Bouton went 21-7 with a 2.53 ERA in 1963, a performance that earned him a trip to the All-Star Game.
Mr. Bouton injured his right arm in 1965, going 4-15 that season, and saw limited action the next three seasons with NY.
Arm problems derailed his career, and Bouton developed a knuckleball to hang on for a few more seasons.More news: Cape Town overwhelmed by violence, military deployed
New York Times sports writer Tyler Kepner wrote, "Nobody ever captured the humor and humanity of ballplayers the way Bouton did in 'Ball Four'". He took some notes that season, then kept a diary throughout the 1969 season by jotting down daily happenings and also talking into a tape recorder.
Published in 1970, "Ball Four" detailed Yankees great Mickey Mantle's carousing and the use of stimulants in the major leagues.
The next season, his last as a player, Bouton was signed by Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner as a 39-year-old in May 1978.
Bouton was also one of the creators of Big League Chew bubble gum and worked as a sportscaster for both Channel 2 and Channel 7 in NY.More news: Finsbury Works Reckitt's Record $1.4B Opioid Deal - Thu., Jul. 11, 2019