Jim Bouton, Author of Controversial Book ‘Ball Four’ and Former Yankees Pitcher, Dies at 80
Jim Bouton, whose controversial book "Ball Four" exposed the personal lives of his baseball teammates, died Wednesday after a bout with vascular dementia, his wife, Paula Kurman, said. He was 80. Media reports said Bouton died at his home in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. "Ball Four," which came out in 1970, had a dramatic effect on baseball by revealing the late-night adventures of players like New York Yankees star Mickey Mantle and the use of illegal drugs.
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