Sport: Inside Baseball

Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn was hopping mad. "This is a horrible piece of writing!" he fumed at Houston Astro Pitcher Jim Bouton, author of a new book called Ball Four. According to sources close to the commissioner's office, Kuhn went on: "You've done the game a grave disservice. Saying players kissed on the Seattle team bus—incredible! Or that some of our greatest stars were drunk on the field. What can you be thinking of?"

Well, ahem, says Bouton, he was thinking of "social commentary, an honest book that tells what baseball is really like." Kuhn, apparently, is not big on social commentary,...

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