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Jim Bouton dies; former Yankees pitcher took people inside the game with 'Ball Four'

null Baseball Jim Bouton became more famous for his writing than his pitching the moment his book, "Ball Four," was published almost half a century ago. The former Yankees right-hander pulled back the curtain on major league players and the business of baseball, revealing the seamy side of both in the process.The project made him a pariah within the game but also a trailblazer for authors who followed with similar works. Bouton died Wednesday at age 80 from a brain condition related to dementia, the New York Daily News reported. He had been in hospice care.MORE: Notable sports deaths of 2019 Bouton's major league career got off to an ideal start. The kid with the extreme overhand arm motion who regularly knocked his cap off his head was in the World Series with the Yankees each of his first three big league seasons (1962-64). The Bombers captured the title in '62. He won 21 and 18 games for the AL champion Yanks in 1963 and 1964, respectively.Then came a precipitous decline that tracked with the sudden end of the Yankees' dynasty. Bouton suffered an arm injury in 1965 that robbed him of his fastball. Determined to stay in the game, he eventually began throwing a knuckleball.Bouton showed enough ability to be acquired by the expansion Seattle Pilots in 1968. His plans to write an inside look at baseball were already in moti[......]

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