Episode 8 - Ball Four

Episode 8 - Ball Four

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When it was first published in 1970, Ball Four stunned the sports world. The commissioner, executives, and players were shocked. Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and a "social leper." Commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him to declare the book untrue, but fans loved the book and many critics hailed it as an important social document. 50 years after his chronicling of the 1969 season, and just months after Bouton’s passing, we were thrilled to be joined by Mark Blakemore to discuss and celebrate Ball Four, as one of the most loved and significant baseball books ever written.
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When it was first published in 1970, Ball Four stunned the sports world. The commissioner, executives, and players were shocked. Sportswriters called author Jim Bouton a traitor and a "social leper." Commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force him to declare the book untrue, but fans loved the book and many critics hailed it as an important social document. 50 years after his chronicling of the 1969 season, and just months after Bouton’s passing, we were thrilled to be joined by Mark Blakemore to discuss and celebrate Ball Four, as one of the most loved and significant baseball books ever written.
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