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RIP Jim Bouton

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by Della9250, Jul 10, 2019.

  1. Della9250

    Della9250 Well-Known Member

  2. Regan MacNeil

    Regan MacNeil Well-Known Member

    Well, fuckshit.
  3. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    Damn. Loved Ball Four - spent the summer of 1969 in Seattle and saw several Pilots games.

    Met Bouton years later when he was making his comeback with Atlanta. They stashed him in Richmond for a while. Bright guy, always a fun conversation
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  4. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    I'll pound a Bud in his honor tonight. What an absolutely fabulous book and from what I understand, a top-quality human being.
  5. ChrisLong

    ChrisLong Well-Known Member

    His book truly enhanced my already-immense interest in baseball, especially the journalistic side. RIP, sir.
  6. FileNotFound

    FileNotFound Well-Known Member

    I read Ball Four for the first time when I was 13, and I knew from that point on that I wanted to be a sportswriter. I have the book on my Kindle and almost every time I’m on a plane, I will randomly flip to some point in the book, start reading from there and become thoroughly engrossed even though I know all the words. RIP.
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  7. Michael_ Gee

    Michael_ Gee Well-Known Member

    Pete Rose, batting against Bouton after the book came out, singled and screamed "Fuck you Shakespeare" as he rounded first. Too bad it was too late for the book.
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  8. Moderator1

    Moderator1 Moderator Staff Member

    I think that made his second book, "I'm Glad You Didn't Take It Personally."
  9. garrow

    garrow Well-Known Member

    Perhaps the only major leaguer to have starred in a Robert Altman movie...or serve as a convention delegate for George McGovern.

  10. hondo

    hondo Well-Known Member

    Shitfuck. RIP Asseyes.
  11. Jake from State Farm

    Jake from State Farm Well-Known Member

    I had a dog eared copy of the paperback and when it fell apart I bought the hardcover rerelease
    “Boys, bunting is like jacking off. Once you learn how you never forget.”
  12. UNCGrad

    UNCGrad Active Member

    At UNC in '94, in an elective English class, the professor had us go around & name our favorite book & author.

    After all the Fitzgeralds, Faulkners & others, it got to me.

    "Jim Bouton's 'Ball Four.'"

    The response: "What?"

    "Ball Four."

    RIP, Bulldog.
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