Ball Four by Jim Bouton

Ball Four is a book written by former Major League Baseball pitcher Jim Bouton in 1970. The book is a diary of Bouton's 1969 season, spent with the Seattle Pilots and then the Houston Astros following a late-season trade. In it Bouton also recounts much of his baseball career, spent mainly with the New York Yankees. Despite its controversy at the time, with baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn's attempts to discredit it and label it as detrimental to the sport, it is considered to be one of the most important sports books ever written and the only sports-themed book to make the New York Public Library's 1996 list of Books of the Century. It also is listed in Time magazine's 100 greatest non-fiction books of all time.

The 444th greatest nonfiction book of all time


This book is on the following lists:

  1. - The New York Public Library's Books of the Century (New York Public Library)

Buy This Book

Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Ball Four: The Final Pitch Hardcover 808752 $60.36 $19.80 2001
Ball Four, Plus Ball Five: An Update, 1970-1980 Paperback 2058864 $248.79 $13.00 1982
Ball Four: The Final Pitch Paperback 14036 $16.73 $11.99 2014
Ball Four, Plus Ball Five: An Update, 1970-1980 Hardcover 703208 $102.77 $25.00 1981
Ball Four (RosettaBooks Sports Classics Book 1) Kindle Edition 53010 2012
Ball Four: Twentieth Anniversary Edition Paperback 233070 $32.51 $1.90 1990
Ball Four Hardcover 595688 $74.41 $9.32 2000
Ball Four: The Final Pitch Audio CD 2023877 $16.68 2013
Ball Four Mass Market Paperback 3952437 $25.00
Ball Four Plus Ball Five Mass Market Paperback 300017 $77.85 $3.52
Ball Four Plus Ball Five Hardcover 6230949 $952.95 $15.99