Jim Bouton pitched in the Major Leagues for a total of 10 seasons, including for the Yankees from 1962-1968, compiling a record of 62-63. He won a World Series ring with the Bombers in 1962 and was named an All-Star in 1963
But when one hears the name Jim Bouton, his baseball accolades tend to take a back seat to his book, ‘Ball Four’ – which offered an insiders look to professional sports that had never been revealed, while at the same time, ruffled quite a few feathers.
Bouton joined Boomer & Craig in the Allstate Studio this morning to talk about the controversial book, how it was received, what he learned from writing it and why he chose to write it in the first place.
We learned about his relationship with Yankees legend Mickey Mantle, who was prominently featured in the publication, his emotional return to Yankee Stadium, not having any regrets about writing the book, still playing baseball at the age of 72 (going on 73) and of course, what he is benchin’ these days…
LISTEN: Jim Bouton Talks About ‘Ball Four’ And More (04/04)