Rip "the Bulldog"

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  1. Olde School

    Olde School Well-Known Member

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    The Bulldog AKA Jim Bouton passed away yesterday at age 80. Bouton was a pitcher for the NY Yankees in the early '60s. Won a couple of World Series games and was know as a hard thrower who's cap would fall off because of his physical delivery. I can remember hearing the unofficial stats of how many times his hat would fall off during a game. Of course throwing that hard would also produce arm trouble which he struggled with most of his career. Bouton was probably best known for his kiss and tell book "Ball Four." That book got him banned from the Yankee's Old Timers game up until 1998. I just loved the guy as a kid. Miss him already.

    RIP Bulldog.
     
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    Neat story. Never heard of him but I'm not a sports guy. Sounds like a wild cat.

    Or a bulldog :)
     

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    Wow, really sad to hear this. He was one of my heroes, I've worn out or lent out (never to get them back again) at least half a dozen copies of Ball Four. Besides, the humor and amusement, I thought there was an incredible amount of life wisdom in that book and the sequels. When I was living in NYC back in the 90s, I told myself if nothing else, I should try to at least meet him to tell him how great I thought his books were but I never did get around to it...
     
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    tobijohn The Great Enabler Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

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    I completely forgot about these, a gift from the first Mrs. Tobijohn which was how I ended up in NYC in the first place (we're still pretty good friends):

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    Went to many games as a kid during the heyday.
     
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    Loved Ball Four. He was in an old Elliot Gould Movie, The Long Goodbye. RIP
     

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