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Jim Bouton

Baseball Player / Writer

Born: 8 March 1939
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey
Best known as: The author of "Ball Four"
Jim Bouton was a pitcher for the New York Yankees from 1962 to 1968. In 1969 he played for the Seattle Pilots. In 1970 his book "Ball Four" detailed the inside story of the sometimes unruly life of professional baseball players. The book caused a sensation, and Bouton was severely criticized by baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn. In 1978 Bouton made a brief comeback with the Atlanta Braves. He has written books and screenplays and appeared in movies and on television, and is credited with developing Big League Chew, bubble gum that resembles chewing tobacco. In 1998 Bouton was invited to play in the Old Timers' Game, professional baseball's longstanding grudge apparently behind him.
Extra credit: Bouton had an acting role in the 1973 detective thriller The Long Goodbye, an updated version of the Raymond Chandler novel.

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