NPR stories about Jim Bouton
Fifty years ago, a young pitcher won his first major league game for the New York Yankees. Jim Bouton went on to become a top-flight player. But he became famous, or notorious, for Ball Four, a memoir that broke the code of silence that kept what happened in locker rooms and on the road off-limits.
Many athletes have reputations for being obnoxious, overpaid and rude. But there's another kind of sportsman, and it's the one that author Jon Reiner emulates. He calls it the "gentleman jock" and he recommends books written by three of them.