At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog Zulkey tagged seven books for sports fans, including:
Ball Four: The Final Pitch, by Jim BoutonRead about the other books on the list.
Any baseball fan would be tantalized by a memoir that caused the baseball commissioner to proclaim it “detrimental to baseball,” before trying to coerce the author into signing a statement declaring the book fictional. That was the effect Ball Four had when it came out, detailing (before scandalous sports tell-alls were common) all the dirt that went on off the field, including drinking, drugging, and cheating. This edition comes with a new epilogue from Bouton, who pitched for the New York Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Houston Astros, and Atlanta Braves between 1962 and 1978.
Ball Four is one of Tim McGarver's five best baseball books.