JIM BOUTON - MAGAZINE PHOTOGRAPH SIGNED - HFSID 2205
Sale Price $144.00
JIM BOUTONShown as a New York Yankee in this 2½x3½ magazine photograph. Magazine Photograph signed: "Jim Bouton". Color, 2½x3½. Jim "Bulldog" Bouton (1939-2019) first gained notice as an integral member of the NY Yankee staff in the final three seasons (1962-64) of the four-decade New York dynasty. He was 7-7 as a rookie, then had an All-Star season in 1963. But the Yankee dynasty and Bouton's career both came crashing down in 1965. He blew out his arm and the New York offense failed. He doggedly pitched through pain for two seasons, going 4-15, 4.82 in '65 and 3-8, 2.69 in 1966, the year the Yankees fell to last place. Bouton spent most of the rest of his career in the bullpen, and began to throw a knuckleball in 1968. He retired after the 1970 season and spent some time as a TV sports reporter in New York. Bouton also gained both fame and notoriety for writing Ball Four, a tell-all account of his years in baseball. The book infuriated many other players, and for many years Bouton was unwelcome at old timers' games and other baseball events. He has since been welcomed back into the baseball community. Irregularly cut at edges. Otherwise, fine condition.
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