Books Jim Bouton Books by Jim Bouton Jim Bouton has written books about: Sports Nonfiction Facebook Twitter Flipboard Email NPR stories about Jim Bouton The Week's Best Stories From NPR Books 'Ball Four': The Book That Changed Baseball April 26, 2012 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. 'Ball Four': The Book That Changed Baseball Listen · 16:49 16:49 Toggle more options Download Embed Embed <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/151457344/151457525" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player"> Transcript Three Books... These Three Gentleman Jocks Rock At Writing September 19, 2011 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.