Jim Bouton Speaker
Former MLB Player and Author
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Jim Bouton is a former American Major League Baseball pitcher. He wrote the controversial baseball book Ball Four, a combination diary of his 1969 season and memoir of his years with the New York Yankees, Seattle Pilots, and Houston Astros.
He began his career in the major league in 1962 and played for the Yankees. He appeared in 36 games during the 1962 season and he also participated in the 1963 All Star Game. In1968, he was a reliever for the minor league Seattle Angels and the same year he joined the committee of American sportsmen and was approached by a sportswriter to write and published a season-long diary and he agreed. This was the first baseball diary. In 1970, he retired from his career and after that he became a local sports anchor for New York station WABC-TV, as part of Eyewitness News. He also became an actor in a film The Long Goodbye in 1973 and a lead role in TV series Ball Four in 1976. He made his comeback in 1975 and played for the Portland Mavericks. He skipped the next year to work on his TV series however he returned in 1977 when he signed a minor league contract for the Chicago White Sox. In 1978, he signed another contract, this time with the Atlanta Braves. In 1988, he became a regular fixture at Yankees Old-Timers' Games. He made writings as well and these are
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