Tagged: Jim Bouton

Ball Four Turns Forty event

The “Ball Four Turns Forty” event sponsored by the Baseball Reliquary at Burbank library was so much fun.  The event went from 11: AM to 5:P.M.  By the time we broke for lunch at 12:30 I knew I made the right decision to go to this event and skip the Dodger game.  

Here is the panel of Jean Hastings Ardell, David Kipen, Ron Shelton, David Davis and Jim Bouton. 

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Wish I had taken my copy of Bull Durham so Ron Shelton could have signed it. 

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Here are panel taking questions from attendees.  Unfortunately the time was alredy 12:30 so the guy in the yellow shirt was the last one asking question.  The lady in the green shirt is my friend Jeanine

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I went to lunch with Roberto of VinScullyismyhomeboy.com and with friend Jeanine.   Time flew by that we were late coming back but we found single seats in the end.

All copies of “Bal Four The final Pitch” were sold out by the time we came back from lunch so Roberto and I were glad that we bought our copy before we left for lunch.  Jeanine had brought her old copy but she bought another book about the minor league by Jim Bouton.  While Jim was signing the book I was checking his Yankee ring.   He wrote in my book “For Emma- “Smoke them inside”  Jim Bouton.   

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The documentary “the Seattle Pilots: Short Flight into History was great that alot of us bought the dvd.  I knew very little about the Seattle Pilots.   I found documentary facinating.. 

After the documentary, the second panel discussion consisted of Jim Bouton, Tommy Davis, Greg Goossen, Charles Kapner who loaned his Seattle PIlot memorabilia for the exhibit, Steve Cox and Brad Powers who were presenting the documentary.  

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Jim said that he has only read 20 books in his life!   I think it was David Davis, the moderator that said  “I think the Burbank librarian just fainted!”


Here is Greg Goossen.   He is a local boy from Sherman Oaks, Ca.    

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 Here is a  Greg Goosssen and Tommy Davis when they played for the Seattle Pilots.

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 The Seattle Pilots schedule from 1969.  They only lasted one season as they became the Milwaukeee Brewers  the following year.    

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Jim Bouton Ball Four or a Dodger game?

Can I split myself in two?   See I want to be at two different locations on Saturday September 18th.     

The first one is here. 


Jim Bouton

From the article:

The groundbreaking book written by the then-major league pitcher remains so popular that the Pasadena-based Baseball Reliquary will mark its 40th anniversary Saturday at the Burbank Central Library with two panel discussions featuring the author.


From the Baseball Reliquary:

“Ball Four” Turns Forty, a special day-long celebration of Jim Bouton’s book, Ball Four, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of its publication. The festivities will include two panel discussions featuring Jim Bouton; the world premiere screening of the documentary, The Seattle Pilots: Short Flight Into History; and a book signing with Jim Bouton. Burbank Central Library Auditorium, 110 N. Glenoaks Blvd., Burbank, CA. Free admission. Further information, phone (626) 791-7647; for directions, phone (818) 238-5600.

I have a confession to make.  I have never read Jim Bouton book “Ball Four”  A friend keeps recomending it to me but with all the other books, baseball and non-baseball, I just keep putting it off.  i have read a few pages from the latest release at the bookstore but I put it back telling myself “next time.”   I do want a copy and read it and what better opportunity than to go to this event and have him sign the book too.    

The second one is the Dodgers are in town playing the Rockies.  Normally a Saturday game is at 7:10 but is a national Fox game so the game will start at 1:10.   

 I am leaning toward going to Burbank library.   the only reason why I have missed a Dodger game in the last five years has been because I had to be out of town or I have been very sick.  

Happy birthday to Orel Hershiser!  Orel turns 52 today September 16th.  

Independence and Hispanic Heritage Month.

the five Central American countries (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador,Nicaragua and Costa Rica) celebrate their independence on September 15th.   I still remember as a kid marching in Honduras on Independence Day.   

Mexico is celebrating 200 years since their independence September 16th and Chile’s independence is  September 18th.  

Felicidades a todas estas naciones!