By Jim Bouton
Twentieth-anniversary variation of a baseball vintage, with a brand new epilogue through Jim Bouton.
When first released in 1970, Ball 4 surprised the activities global. The commissioner, executives, and gamers have been stunned. Sportswriters referred to as writer Jim Bouton a traitor and "social leper." Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn attempted to strength him to claim the e-book unfaithful. fanatics, even though, enjoyed the booklet. And severe critics referred to as it a massive social record. this day, Jim Bouton continues to be no longer invited to Oldtimer's Days at Yankee Stadium. yet his landmark publication remains to be being learn by means of those that don't usually persist with baseball.
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Clemente counted his experience in Montreal as a lost year, so he was excited when the Pirates drafted him and told him he was definitely going to be in the majors in 1955. Clemente, who had long dreamed of playing for the Dodgers, became a Pirate. The Pirates paid Brooklyn just $4,000 to acquire a future Hall of Famer. The Pirates had to keep Clemente in the major leagues or they would risk losing him by making the same mistake the Dodgers did. A Chance to Play By 1955, when he turned 21, Clemente was a major leaguer.
Now approaching 20, Clemente was a more mature prospect. 288, major league scouts from many teams became aware of him. If Clemente had come of age less than a decade earlier, no American teams would have been interested in him. With his dark skin color, Clemente would have been snubbed, ignored because of racial prejudice. Prior to 1947, when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier with the Dodgers, no black players had suited up in the majors for more than half a century. Clemente ROBERTO CLEMENTE Just like Jackie Robinson, right, Clemente signed with the Dodgers and was sent to the minor league Montreal Royals.
Much later, Clemente revealed to sportswriters that his mother and father wanted him to quit playing baseball in 1956 because of his back trouble. He said he briefly considered retirement when he could hardly suit up for his winter ball team in Puerto Rico. Breakthrough Things changed for Clemente in a major way in 1960. Although the back problem flared up periodically 50 L E G E N D A R Y AT H L E T E S for the rest of his life, Clemente felt healthy that season. At 26, he was entering his prime playing years and began showing his true potential.