“Foul Ball: My Life and Hard Times Trying to Save an Old Ballpark” by Jim Bouton Review

foul ball

Foul Ball

Author: Jim Bouton

Release Date: 2003

Note – This review is for the original version of this book, not the updated version.

Three books in and I am still a big fan of Jim Bouton’s writing. The retired baseball player’s style foreshadowed the blog and once again kept me entertained in this page turner about his attempt to get a lease on a local minor league ballpark. The resulting struggle against the local government comes off as a one sided rant by a jilted lover it with enough details mixed in that you end up wondering how this is a story you haven’t heard more about.

The highest praise I can give is that upon finishing I checked Wikipedia for an update and began trying to track down the updated version of the book for the rest of the story. Along with Bouton’s first two baseball biographies, the series beats out about everything I’ve read in the genre except Veeck As In Wreck.



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