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BY JIM BOUTON
FOUL BALL : My Life and Hard Times Trying to Save
an Old Ballpark, plus PART II
In his first diary since Ball Four, Jim Bouton recounts
adventure trying to save Wahconah Park, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.
Host to organized baseball since 1892, Wahconah Park was soon to be abandoned
by the owner of the Pittsfield Mets who would move his team to a new stadium
in another town---an all too familiar story.
Enter Bouton and his partners with the best deal ever offered to a
community---a locally owned professional baseball team and a privately
restored city owned ballpark at no cost to the taxpayers. It was a dream
come true for the vast majority of the people of Pittsfield.
But Bouton’s plan was opposed by a handful of power brokers who
wanted to build a new $18.5 million stadium---a stadium that the people
had votedagainst three different times!
In what one reviewer called “that same humane, sarcastic voice,”
Bouton unmasks a mayor who brags that “the fix is in,” a newspaper
that lies to its readers, and a city government that operates out of
And that’s just Part l.
Part ll is the even more amazing story of what happened after this book
was self published---a story in itself---in hardcover. Invited back to
Pittsfield by newly elected city officials, Bouton and his partners raise
$1.2 million, help uncover a document that dates Pittsfield’s
baseball origins to 1791, and stage a vintage baseball game that is broadcast
live on national TV by ESPN
Who could have guessed what would happen next? And that this time
it would involve the Massachusetts Attorney General.