New York: The World Publishing Company, 1970. Leonard Shecter (ed). First Edition (presumed), Seventh Printing. Hardcover. Used - Good/Very Good. Blue cloth boards with black lettering to spine; some discoloration to boards. Binding tight, very slight spine slant. Clean, unmarked. Some toning/foxing to edges. B/W photos. Index. 16 x 23.5 cm. 407 pp. / Good. Some wear, especially along edges. Brodart protective cover applied. Item #10174
From NPR (April 26, 2012):
Fifty years ago, a young pitcher won his first major league game for the New York Yankees. Jim Bouton went on to become a top-flight player.
But he became famous, or notorious, for Ball Four, a memoir that described the petty jealousies on the team, as well as camaraderie, raucous tomcatting, game-winning heroics, routine drug use and the pain professional athletes endure.
The book broke the code of silence that kept what really happened in the locker room, on the bus and on the road off-limits. It also contained an immortal line: "You spend your life gripping a baseball," Jim Bouton wrote, "and it turns out that it was the other way around all along."