Jim Button This is the former Yankee pitcher who wrote for the first time a portrait of life in the Major League Baseball. "Ball Four," published in 1970, is considered one of the most important sports books of all time. Button gave readers a first inside look at the game and the players, thus exposing the pioneering side of the sport. Before his book, baseball players had a picture of healthy milk-drinking guys, but Button talked about cheating on his wife, drinking and swearing. He was sidelined by many players and would have been blacklisted by the league. He was a fastball pitcher throwing hard with the Yankees who won 40 games in 1962 and 1963 until an arm injury turned him into a knuckleball mate propeller player. After his retirement, he became an actor in the lead role of Robert Altman's "The Long Goodbye" and in a sitcom version of "Ball Four" which was canceled after 5 episodes.
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dead: Wednesday, July 10, 2019. (Who else died on July 10?)
Details of the death: Died at the age of 80 years.
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On his love of baseball: "A baseball player spends a good part of his life catching a baseball and in the end, it turns out that it was all the time opposite."
What they said about him: "RIP Jim Bouton, author of" Ball Four, "the greatest sports book of all time." – Sports Editor Peter King
"Without a doubt," Ball Four "is one of the most subversive and enlightening documents about America." – Davis Simon, creator of HBO's The Wire
Complete obituary: New York Times
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