Jim Bouton, Yankees Pitcher Whose "Ball Four" Blew The Whistle On Baseball, Dies At 80

By Staff Reporter - 08 Aug '19 01:54AM
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  • Jim Bouton, Yankees pitcher whose 'Ball Four' blew the whistle on baseball, dies at 80
  • (Photo : GETTY IMAGES) Jim Bouton, Yankees pitcher whose 'Ball Four' blew the whistle on baseball, dies at 80

Jim Bouton, the sore-armed pitcher for the New York Yankees and other teams whose "Ball Four" is widely considered the most important book about American sports ever written, died Wednesday, Major League Baseball said. 

He was 80. No cause of death was reported. Bouton, who died at his home in western Massachusetts, had suffered for many years with cerebral amyloid angiopathy and had suffered two strokes in 2012.

For a brief time, Bouton (pronounced BOUT-un) was an All-Star, winning 21 games for the Yankees in 1963 and 18 in 1964, as well both of his starts in the 1964 World Series, which the Yankees lost in seven games to the St. Louis Cardinals.

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