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4.0 von 5 Sternen Diese Buch hat mal die Baseball-Welt erschuettert
Kaum zu glauben, aber als das Buch erstmals veroeffentlicht wurde, hat es die Baseball-Welt in ihren Grundfesten erschuettert. Und bis heute wird der gute Jim Boulton zu keinem Oldtimer-Game eingeladen. Ich denke damit kann er leben.
Ein sehr amuesantes Buch, das Einblicke in den Alltag der Major- und Minor Leaguer bringt.
Man sollte nicht zuviel erwarten, denn...
Veröffentlicht am 13. Januar 2003 von Cubbie

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3.0 von 5 Sternen The Cutting Edge Now Blunted
Perhaps Jim Bouton himself says it best: "The books that have come after mine make BALL FOUR, as an expose, read like THE BOBBSEY TWINS GO TO THE SEASHORE."
This is because--dare I say it?--BALL FOUR is now pretty tame stuff. Oh, no doubt, it's entertaining...and Bouton IS a good writer (or Schecter a great editor). And let's never forget that WITHOUT...
Veröffentlicht am 5. Juli 1999 von Bill Fleck


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4.0 von 5 Sternen Diese Buch hat mal die Baseball-Welt erschuettert, 13. Januar 2003
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ball Four: Twentieth Anniversary Edition (Taschenbuch)
Kaum zu glauben, aber als das Buch erstmals veroeffentlicht wurde, hat es die Baseball-Welt in ihren Grundfesten erschuettert. Und bis heute wird der gute Jim Boulton zu keinem Oldtimer-Game eingeladen. Ich denke damit kann er leben.
Ein sehr amuesantes Buch, das Einblicke in den Alltag der Major- und Minor Leaguer bringt.
Man sollte nicht zuviel erwarten, denn was kann schon viel passieren wenn (erwachsene ?) Maenner ueber Monate zusammenleben und arbeiten. Andere Berufsgruppen koennen sicher aehnliches berichten, nur ist das Leben eines Profi-Baseballspielers eben noch immer etwas besonderes. Auch nach 30 Jahren immer noch aktuell.
Fuer Baseballfans sicher eine gute Empfehlung.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen The Cutting Edge Now Blunted, 5. Juli 1999
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Rezension bezieht sich auf: Ball Four: Twentieth Anniversary Edition (Taschenbuch)
Perhaps Jim Bouton himself says it best: "The books that have come after mine make BALL FOUR, as an expose, read like THE BOBBSEY TWINS GO TO THE SEASHORE."
This is because--dare I say it?--BALL FOUR is now pretty tame stuff. Oh, no doubt, it's entertaining...and Bouton IS a good writer (or Schecter a great editor). And let's never forget that WITHOUT it, we should never have had the pleasure of Dennis Rodman's name on a bestseller.
But the book is hardly shocking anymore, and I doubt the high school toughs of today have even heard of it, much less decided to read it (now, if MICHAEL JORDAN decided to write a tell-all....)
However, the diminished shock value makes BALL FOUR'S merits stand out more clearly than perhaps they could when it was new. Though I wasn't shocked by it, I often found myself laughing; Bouton has a way of sketching characters and dialogue quite entertainingly. Too, being a bit of an outsider myself, I could certainly relate to his one-rational-voice-crying-out-in-the-wilderness persona. And the 1990 edition of the book has value in that Bouton is able to look back and see the results of the changes in baseball he and others worked toward.
So, perhaps, the reader's enjoyment of BALL FOUR is in the approach. Don't expect to be shocked or enraged; that time is past. Rather, expect four or five days of solid chuckles and a good feeling when you finish.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen We chose Ball Four for "This is Baseball", 4. September 1998
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Three weeks ago the best sport's radio program of Venezuela "This is Baseball" started a new section called "The Literature in Baseball". This program is directed for the laureated baseball commentator, Mr. Duilio Di Giacomo, one of the truly greats of our country and a former nine years-tenure pro baseball commisioner. He is in company of the young and well informed journalist, Rubén Martín. As a real fan of this radio show I have collaborated with baseball's information to the point than Mr. Di Giacomo asked me to help him in the production of the new segment. We feel very proud in the selecting of Jim Bouton's "Ball Four" as the first best seller taking into account. We have delighted to the radio listeners with this deep, insightful, penetrating, funny and beautiful book which described the American society of that time (1969) through our beloved passtime: baseball.
The next Thursday (september 10) the last analysis of this book is going to be launched and We are very interested in the Jim Bouton's e-mail to express our admiration for this book and, at the same time, to express our condolences for Laurie's . We are going to read for our radio listeners the Baseball America article about Jim Bouton's comeback to Yankees all-timers day and the circumstances around his returning.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen This Book Will ALWAYS Be In My Library. It Is A CLASSIC>, 4. August 1998
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I could write forever about this book. I first read it when it came out in 1970 and I've gone through two or three copies by now. At one point I came across a copy Bouton had pre-autographed, and someone stole it a party. I wish I had it today. I have read this book so many times I have lost count, and it cracks me up every time. "Hiya blondie, how's the old tomato?" has got to be one of the best throwaway lines I've ever heard. Not to be missed though are the numerous human interest stories in the book, the ones that really made the book what it is. Bouton has a very keen power of observation and an unparalled knack for storytelling. I'm sure Leonard Schechter fit in the equation somewhere, but since Bouton has experienced the thrills of winning in the World Series to pitching for the now lost in time Seattle Pilots, no one is more uniquely qualified to comment like he does. Like another reviewer said, I've read this book so many times over the years I feel l! ike I know Bouton well, but I'd bet there's still more to him than we know. It would be great fun to kill a few beers with him, order take out from the bullpen phone and shoot some beaver. "Hey Gelnar, c'mere a minute. Up there near the Section 23 sign. Check the rack on that broad." "Yeah, surrrrrre."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen One of My All Time Favorites, 27. Januar 1999
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"Ball Four" remains, over 20 years after I read it the first time, one of my all time favorites. I have read it in its entirety probably ten times and picked it up to read two to three page sections probably hundreds of times to get a quick laugh. And I never get bored with it. This book was written in an age where the mediocre players (like Bouton at that time) had to fight for every dollar and the owners were in control. There weren't the prima donnas of today, expecting to be worshipped like a deity despite a .225 batting average. And Bouton lays it all out; the clubhouse gags, the use of "greenies" (Pep Pills), "Baseball Annies" (Groupies) and the fights of salary negotiation when you're an end-of-the-road pitcher who once was great (Bouton). You'll be shocked at the annual salaries that are fought over in this book! His admission of Mickey Mantle's love of alcohol got him chastised and ostracized, but Mickey's health problems at the end of the life showed Bouton wasn't lying. A great book for sports fans everywhere. I only wish they would reissue this book with Bouton's follow-up "I'm Glad You Didn't Take It Personally" included, which describes Bouton's trials and tribulations after "Ball Four" was released.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen I read this book every year. It is the first of its kind., 9. Oktober 1998
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I just finished Ball Four for the 25th time. I read it every year because it reminds me of why I love sports. Not for the superhumans, but for the humans who play them. There is more insight into pro sports, as well as American society, in this book than any I've ever read. It is especially poignant this year which saw Mr. Bouton finally invited to Old Timers' Day at Yankee stadium in response to his son Mike's op-ed piece in the New York Times. Jim's daughter Laurie was recently killed in an automobile accident, and I was saddened that I didn't know about it early enough to send him my condolences. Mike wrote in the Times that this year, his dad really needed this. Amazingly, the Yankees responded.They only let him pitch to one batter, (perhaps Sal Maglie convinced then he was throwing too damn much), but he wore 56, and Bulldog once again took the mound. And to celebrate I re-read the book that was my personal passage to adulthood. Jim Bouton is a true outsider, a revolutionary, and this book is a work of art and history.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Greatest Baseball Book Ever Written, 17. August 1999
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As far as I'm concerned, Ball Four is easily the best baseball book out there. I've read about 45 baseball books and nothing compares to Bouton's masterpiece. I've read this book four times and it still hasn't gotten old yet. I'm sure I'll read it at least ten more times and I doubt that I will ever get tired of it.
What makes Ball Four better than any other baseball book is that it allows its readers to see the game from a player's perspective. Never has a book given such an up-close, in-the-locker-room look at baseball. Of course, Bouton himself is brilliant. I love his sarcasm and his biting wit. Ball Four might have been a pretty good book even if it had been written by a poor writer; Bouton, though, is an excellent storyteller and his attitude is what shapes the book. If you consider yourself a fan of the game, you will buy Ball Four immediately. It has given me great joy time and time again.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen It doesn't get much better than this, 6. Mai 1998
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This book is still selling almost thirty years after it was originally published. That ought to tell you something.
I first read it in 1975 as a rebellious teenager. I found, and continue to find, Bouton's independent streak and courage to be admirable. He refused to play along with the Neanderthals; he mouthed off to bosses; he loved the game and wanted to win and play well. The type of person who could hold the above against him is the sort that is currently being parodied in _Dilbert_ books.
One thing about this book is that it is hilariously funny. His account of his time with the old Portland Mavericks is as funny as his accounts of bullpen and locker-room humour. His style is highly readable and never boring.
And goddess, how he loves the game of baseball. And if you do, as well, and haven't read this book, you have a real treat ahead of you.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Ball Four, 26. Januar 2000
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I thought it was very funny when I first read it, but the attitude that he can trash so many other people is a little hard to take. He apparently made no attempt to understand Mickey Mantle but felt okay about slamming him for drinking too much and yet wanted to make sure everyone knew he (Bouton) was a great guy for supporting civil rights and adopting a kid. The book was an attempt to copy "Instant Replay", but somehow Bouton and his editor thought it was okay to put in many negative comments about people who can't respond. It's no wonder so many people in baseball hated him after this. He seemed to think he was "telling it like it was" but to dump on teamates who can't respond is pretty low. With friends like Bouton you don't need enemies. I think he could have been just as funny without going out of his way to try to hurt people.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great story about "teammates" working together, 24. Juli 2000
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I know nothing about Baseball, mainly because I am English, and I still know nothing about Baseball but this is one of the best sports books I have ever read. Funny, moving, clever but mainly funny it is about a man struggling to get buy watching and involved with a load of others guys struggling to get by, they are allegedly on the same team - but it is hard to tell. I came to this book because of an English Soccer book 'Only a Game' written by Emanon Dunphy. Dunphy based his diary on 'Ball Four' and I liked 'Only a Game' so much I bought the original. I recommend heartily 'Only a Game' it has the same crazy, abrupt and crazily sporting relations that make 'Ball Four' so revealing and funny - but the original is still the best. One of the few books I've read where all I want to do is sit and read and the rest of the world can go hang.
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