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Foul Ball by Jim Bouton
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May 05, 2008

it was amazing
bookshelves: non-fiction, biography-memoir
Read in May, 2007

Jim Bouton has a way of writing about civil corruption that makes you want to laugh instead of cry. This is his account of his attempts to renovate a historical ballpark in New England and field a locally owned team that would not be able to hold the city hostage for amenities such as a new stadium. The town had voted four times against building a new stadium. When Bouton and his partners offer to invest their own money in the city owned park and promise to keep baseball in Pittsfield they expect to be welcomed like heroes. With the majority of the population behind them they only had to deal with:

a mayor who remembers every "slight" against him
city councilors who seem to make all their decisions at a bar downtown
park commissioners who always have to call someone else to know what to do
a local paper which owns the land that has been set aside for a new stadium
pollution scandals
a man in Denver who seems to be running it all
Bouton's witty observations and personal style of writing make the read less like a civics lesson and more like a Mafioso comedy. A highly entertaining read for anyone who likes to root for the underdog, regardless of their interest in sports.

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