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

Egremont resident and baseball legend Jim Bouton dies

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By Friday, Jul 12, 2019 News 3

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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  1. Gary says:

    Jim had a wonderful sense of humor — which I came to appreciate when I interviewed him for my Egremont history book.

  2. Carl Risenstein says:

    I was at Game 3 of the 1964 World Series against the great Bob Gibson, Lou Brock Cardinals. This was one of Bouton’s greatest games, known not only for the outcome, but for Bouton losing his cap a couple dozen times due to his tremendous follow through on the mound., The game knotted 1-1 in the 9th, the great Mick led off against crafty reliever Barney SchultZ. First pitch, whack, one of those towering Mantle homers into the right field grandstand. I was in the bleachers with my dad, 67,000 in the stadium let out a collective roar before the ball even hit its apogee, the ball may still be in orbit. I still have that ticket stub in my desk.

  3. George McGurn says:

    Jim Bouton’s presence in and around Egremont will be greatly missed and long remembered. How many returned home after picking up the mail at the General Store and excitedly announced: I just had a great conversation with Jim Bouton at the GS? Jim is already missed.
    Millard Rd. is weeping. Egremonters are proud he crossed our path.

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