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Bouton, ex-Yankee and ‘Ball Four’ author, dies

Jim Bouton, the former New York Yankees pitcher who wrote the tell-all book “Ball Four,” died Wednesday in Massachusetts after a lengthy battle with vascular dementia, his family said in a statement.

He was 80.

A former All-Star, the hard-throwing Bouton played 10 seasons in the major leagues, including seven with the Yankees. He won 62 games and had a 3.57 ERA for his career.

But his greatest fame came from “Ball Four,” the best-selling book published in 1970 that chronicled his previous season and exposed some of baseball’s secrets — upsetting some former teammates in the process.

He was exiled by the Yankees for 28 years, finally returning to Yankees Stadium in 1998 as part of Old-Timers’ Day there.

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