Jim Bouton, Former Yankees Pitcher and 'Ball Four' Author, Dies at 80

Jim Bouton
Jim Bouton, former Yankees pitcher and author of 'Ball Four.' Photo credit Getty Images

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Former Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton, the author of the most famous tell-all book in baseball history, died at the age of 80 Wednesday, according to multiple reports.

Bouton, the author of “Ball Four,” died following a long battle with a brain disease linked to dementia, according to the New York Daily News.

The Newark native was reportedly at his Massachusetts home at the time of his death, after weeks in hospice care.

The former Yankee won two World Series games and was a 20-game winner. He spent 10 years with Major League Baseball as a pitcher for the Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves.

Bouton's best-selling book created significant controversy, detailing the love life of Yankees legend Mickey Mantle, the widespread use of stimulants by players, among other scandalous topics.

The book was a combination diary of his 1969 season and a memoir of his years in baseball.

He is survived by his wife Paula Kurman, two children and six grandchildren.