‘Ball Four’ author Jim Bouton smoked baseball inside until the very end

The “Final Pitch” edition in 2000 allowed Bouton to admit in the new intro: “ ‘Ball Four’ changed sports reporting at least to the extent that, after the book, it was no longer possible to sell the milk and cookies image again. It was not my purpose to do this, but on reflection, it’s probably not a bad idea.… Besides, you can get sick on too much milk and cookies.”

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