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Yankee Stadium - July 25, 1998

Jim Bouton returns to Yankee Stadium for the first time in nearly thirty years. Bouton's banishment by the Yankees, for having written Ball Four, ended when his son Michael wrote a letter to the New York Times on Father's Day, asking the Yankees to let bygones be bygones.

"I climbed out of the dugout and started for first base. I felt unsteady, like I might topple over. I heard a roar. What if I fell down? I wondered. It seemed as if I was moving in slow motion, or underwater. At some point my hearing went out. I was moving in a white zone, watching myself slap hands with the other players. I took my place at the end of the line, numb, trying to figure out what had happened."

— From BALL FOUR:The Final Pitch

Articles and Photos
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Michael's letter to the New York Times,
New York Times 6/21/98
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Ball Four, The Sequel,
Daily News 7/21/98
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An Emotional Yankee Homecoming,
Newsday 7/26/98
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All is Finally Forgiven,
Sports Illustrated 8/3/98
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Baseball Bolshevik Returns,
Village Voice 8/4/98
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Jim Bouton Returns to Yankee Stadium
 


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