Former New York Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton, who authored the book Ball Four, has died at the age of 80, according to multiple reports.
Bouton, who was born in Newark and grew up in Rochelle Park. pitched in New York from 1962-68, making the All-Star team in 1963 when went 21-7 with a 2.53 ERA. He later pitched for the Seattle Pilots and Houston Astros before retiring in 1970.
In 1978, Bouton made a brief comeback with the Atlanta Braves at the age of 39, making five starts.
Bouton’s acclaimed and criticized book, Ball Four, was published in June 1970.
The best-seller cast several teammates, including Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford, in an unfavorable light. The revelations including that Mantle…