Poetry in Motion: Jim Bouton, Mrs. Doubtfire, and the Athletics of Self-Awareness

This is an essay about Ball Four, a tell-all memoir of Major and Minor League Baseball published in 1970 by author/major league knuckleballer Jim Bouton.  More specifically it is about why pitchers are often enigmatic.  Most specifically of all it is about Bouton’s pained desire – common among achievers – to be perfect by his own standards when he was already excellent by those of the universe at large.  But first, let’s go crazy.

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