Bouton: The Life of a Baseball Original

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$34.95  $32.50
University of Nebraska Press
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6.4 X 9.2 X 1.5 inches | 1.7 pounds
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About the Author
Mitchell Nathanson is a professor of law in the Jeffrey S. Moorad Center for the Study of Sports Law at the Villanova University School of Law. He is the author of God Almighty Hisself: The Life and Legacy of Dick Allen, A People's History of Baseball, and The Fall of the 1977 Phillies: How a Baseball Team's Collapse Sank a City's Spirit.
"Bouton is a book that deserves space next to Ball Four on the bookshelf. Nathanson has done a thorough job of presenting the life of a complex man who changed the game of baseball, not by what he did on the field, but what he observed on the field, in the clubhouse and on the road."--Bob D'Angelo, Sports Bookie--Bob D'Angelo "Sports Bookie" (4/4/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"Nathanson goes beyond tracing Bouton's life, focusing instead on explicating the roots of Ball Four. In so doing, the book becomes an inside-publishing exposé, showing how the publication and selling of Ball Four changed our expectations of what a sports book could be. . . . In addition, the book provides fascinating details about Bouton's post-Ball Four life, including his fling at acting and his turn as an entrepreneur, developing the successful bubble-gum product Big League Chew. A welcome look at one of baseball's signature mavericks."--Mark Levine, Booklist--Mark Levine "Booklist" (4/15/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"If the reader has ever read Ball Four, then this book is one that he or she must add to their library as well as it is a great account of the man behind the legendary book."--Guy Who Reviews Sports Books--Bob D'Angelo "Guy Who Reviews Sports Books" (4/23/2020 12:00:00 AM)
"Once you start reading, you will not be able to stop. A compelling look at one of the most influential and controversial figures in baseball history. A new generation needs to know the story of Jim Bouton: a man who never wearied of gleefully and hilariously skewering the establishment but who also had the old-school drive to will his dreams into reality. Above all, a lifetime love of baseball shines through in every chapter--a true reflection of Bouton himself."--Brian Kenny, host for MLB Network and author of Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution--Brian Kenny "Guy Who Reviews Sports Books" (9/19/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"Half a century after Jim Bouton's Ball Four hilariously let the air out of Major League Baseball's inflated self-image, one of the game's most fascinating characters finally gets the biography he deserves. Unfettered and unfiltered, like Bouton himself, Bouton will make you laugh, make you cry, and make you wanna pound that Budweiser. To paraphrase the late, great Joe Schultz, 'Attaway to go, Mitchell Nathanson!'"--Dan Epstein, author of Big Hair and Plastic Grass: A Funky Ride through Baseball and America in the Swinging '70s--Dan Epstein "Guy Who Reviews Sports Books" (9/19/2019 12:00:00 AM)
"For years people have told me that they fell in love with baseball after reading Ball Four. Jim Bouton was a unique character on the baseball stage, a figure of historical importance. It's time we all knew him better, and Mitchell Nathanson's book gets that done."--Marty Appel, New York Yankees historian and author of Pinstripe Empire and Casey Stengel--Marty Appel "Guy Who Reviews Sports Books" (9/19/2019 12:00:00 AM)