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Jim Bouton with the Seattle Pilots in 1969. Photo courtesy Wikipedia

Egremont resident and baseball legend Jim Bouton dies

By Friday, Jul 12, 2019 News 6

The paperback edition of ‘Ball Four’ by Jim Bouton. Image courtesy Wikipedia

Egremont — Jim Bouton, the colorful major league baseball player who became a celebrated author, commentator and activist, died Wednesday at the Great Barrington home he shared with his wife, Paula Kurman. He was 80.

Bouton, who grew up in New Jersey, had a 16-year baseball career that included six seasons with the New York Yankees, with whom he won two games in the 1964 World Series and played alongside such Yankee legends as Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford and Roger Maris.

But Bouton was perhaps best known for “Ball Four,” the groundbreaking memoir he later wrote that chronicled the 1969 season he spent with the Seattle Pilots and the Houston Astros, where he was sent in a late-season trade.

A private service was held recently for the immediate family only. Through a friend of the The Edge, Kurman said condolences can be expressed at a memorial service that will be announced at a future date.

Click here to read Bouton’s obituary published July 10 in the New York Times.

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