12 Jul Jim Bouton – A Fine man and baseball evangelist – RIP
Jim Bouton, Famous for writing the book Ball Four (in our opinion the best baseball book ever), passed away this week at the age of 80. Jim was one of the first sports celebrities I worked with when coming into the lecture business in the 1990’s. He was a n amazing guy to simply talk on the phone about pitching and pitchers today or recounting his exploits from Ball Four. Alwasy kind and willing to send an autographed book, Jim was an amazing keynote speaker. His stories from his glory days on the diamond were not only entertaining and hilarious, but often came to a A-Ha moment that audience members could apply to their own lives.
I had not talked with Jim for some years at this point, but I knew he was ill and not doing great, seeing this news deeply saddens us, while bringing back memories of quick chats with him while discussing possible keynote dates.
Rest in Peace Jim Bouton.