Jim Bouton Stats

Jim Bouton was born on Wednesday, March 8, 1939, in Newark, New Jersey. Bouton was 23 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 22, 1962, with the New York Yankees. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Jim Bouton baseball stats page.

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"Amphetamines improved my performance about five percent. Unfortunately, in my particular case that wasn't enough." - Jim Bouton in Season of Ghosts: The '86 Mets and the Red Sox (Howard Burman, McFarland & Company, 12/18/2012, Page 20)

Jim Bouton

Jim 'Bulldog' Bouton Autograph on a 1993 Ted Williams Baseball Card (#60)

Jim 'Bulldog' Bouton Autograph on a 1993 Ted Williams Baseball Card (#60)

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Birth Name:
James Alan Bouton
Nickname:
Bulldog
Born On:
03-08-1939  (Pisces)
Place of Birth Data Born In:
Newark, New Jersey
Year of Death Data Died On:
07-10-2019 ( 500 Oldest Living )
Place of Death Data Died In:
Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Cemetery:
Not Yet Determined
High School:
Bloom Township High School (Chicago Heights, IL)
College:
Batting Stances Chart Bats:
Right
Throwing Arms Chart Throws:
Right
Player Height Chart Height:
6-00
Player Weight Chart Weight:
185
First Game:
04-22-1962 (Age 23)
Last Game:
09-29-1978
Draft:
Not Applicable

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Jim Bouton Pitching Stats

1962 23 Yankees 36 16 12 7 7 .500 3.99 3 1 2 133.0 560 124 59 63 9 59 1 71 2 0 1 -
1963 24 Yankees 40 30 4 21 7 .750 2.53 12 6 1 249.1 1,004 191 70 79 18 87 2 148 4 3 1 -
1964 25 Yankees 38 37 1 18 13 .581 3.02 11 4 0 271.1 1,086 227 91 100 32 60 4 125 5 6 0 -
1965 26 Yankees 30 25 1 4 15 .211 4.82 2 0 0 151.1 665 158 81 89 23 60 1 97 8 5 0 -
1966 27 Yankees 24 19 3 3 8 .273 2.69 3 0 1 120.1 508 117 36 49 13 38 5 65 2 1 0 -
1967 28 Yankees 17 1 4 1 0 1.000 4.67 0 0 0 44.1 195 47 23 31 5 18 5 31 0 1 0 -
1968 29 Yankees 12 3 1 1 1 .500 3.68 1 0 0 44.0 187 49 18 20 5 9 0 24 2 2 0 -
1969 30 Pilots 57 1 18 2 1 .667 3.91 0 0 1 92.0 395 77 40 48 12 38 4 68 8 2 2 -
1969 30 Astros 16 1 7 0 2 .000 4.11 1 0 1 30.2 135 32 14 16 1 12 1 32 4 2 0 -
1970 31 Astros 29 6 6 4 6 .400 5.40 1 0 0 73.1 336 84 44 53 5 33 3 49 3 1 0 -
1978 39 Braves 5 5 0 1 3 .250 4.97 0 0 0 29.0 129 25 16 18 4 21 1 10 0 0 0 -
10 Years 304 144 57 62 63 .496 3.57 34 11 6 1,238.2 5,200 1,131 492 566 127 435 27 720 38 23 4 -

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Jim Bouton Hitting Stats

1962 23 Yankees 38 32 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 10 4 1 0 0 .063 .139 .063
1963 24 Yankees 40 83 0 6 1 0 0 0 5 1 0 33 11 0 0 1 .072 .083 .084
1964 25 Yankees 38 100 3 13 2 0 0 0 7 1 0 44 7 0 0 0 .130 .139 .150
1965 26 Yankees 31 43 1 4 0 0 0 0 2 5 0 24 2 0 1 0 .093 .204 .093
1966 27 Yankees 24 38 1 4 0 0 0 0 4 1 0 23 3 0 0 0 .105 .128 .105
1967 28 Yankees 17 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 1 0 .000 .125 .000
1968 29 Yankees 12 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .125 .000
1969 30 Pilots 57 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1969 30 Astros 16 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
1970 31 Astros 29 17 3 6 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 6 1 0 1 1 .353 .421 .353
1978 39 Braves 5 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .125 .000
10 Years 307 347 8 35 3 0 0 0 21 14 0 160 29 1 3 2 .101 .142 .110

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Jim Bouton Fielding Stats

1962 Yankees P 36 16 399 31 0.9 31 8 23 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.10
1963 Yankees P 40 30 748 56 1.4 54 22 32 2 1 n/a n/a n/a .964 1.95
1964 Yankees P 38 37 814 63 1.7 58 31 27 5 1 n/a n/a n/a .921 1.92
1965 Yankees P 30 25 454 34 1.1 34 13 21 0 3 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.02
1966 Yankees P 24 19 361 38 1.6 35 13 22 3 2 n/a n/a n/a .921 2.62
1967 Yankees P 17 1 133 8 0.5 8 1 7 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 1.62
1968 Yankees P 12 3 132 18 1.5 18 7 11 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 3.68
1969 Pilots P 57 1 276 24 0.4 23 8 15 1 1 n/a n/a n/a .958 2.25
1969 Astros P 16 1 92 7 0.4 7 2 5 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 1.000 2.05
1970 Astros P 29 6 220 18 0.6 15 4 11 3 0 n/a n/a n/a .833 1.84
1978 Braves P 5 5 87 7 1.4 6 3 3 1 0 n/a n/a n/a .857 1.86
P Totals 304 144 3,716 304 1.0 289 112 177 15 13 n/a n/a n/a .951 2.10
10 Years 304 144 3,716 304 1.0 289 112 177 15 13 n/a n/a n/a .951 2.10

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Jim Bouton Miscellaneous Stats

1962 Yankees 0 0 .000 1 1 n/a 0.0 3.2 32.0 1.20 4.80 3.99
1963 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.5 16.6 1.70 5.34 3.14
1964 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.3 14.3 2.08 4.15 1.99
1965 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 1 n/a 0.0 1.8 21.5 1.62 5.77 3.57
1966 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.7 9.5 1.71 4.86 2.84
1967 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.4 0.0 1.72 6.29 3.65
1968 Yankees 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.8 0.0 2.67 4.91 1.84
1969 Pilots 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.3 0.0 1.79 6.65 3.72
1969 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 1.3 0.0 2.67 9.39 3.52
1970 Astros 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 2.8 8.5 1.48 6.01 4.05
1978 Braves 0 0 .000 0 0 n/a 0.0 7.0 0.0 0.48 3.10 6.52
10 Years 0 0 .000 1 2 n/a 0.0 2.2 16.5 1.66 5.23 3.16

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Jim Bouton Miscellaneous Items of Interest

1962 New York Yankees 56 $8,000.00 - -
1963 New York Yankees 56 $10,000.00 Stats Stats
1964 New York Yankees 56 $18,500.00 - Stats
1965 New York Yankees 56 $30,000.00 - -
1966 New York Yankees 56 $27,000.00 - -
1967 New York Yankees 56 $25,000.00 - -
1968 New York Yankees 56 $22,000.00 - -
1969 Seattle Pilots 56 $22,000.00 - -
1969 Houston Astros 44 "     " - -
1970 Houston Astros 56 $20,000.00 - -
1978 Atlanta Braves 56 $18,000.00 - -
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James Alan Bouton was a Major League Baseball player who pitched for the New York Yankees (1962-1968), Seattle Pilots (1969), Houston Astros (1969-1970), and Atlanta Braves (1978). Jim, his nickname, had a ten-year career, won two-of-the-three wins the Bronx Bombers had in the 1964 World Series ( Game 3 & Game 6 ), was a 20-game winner the year prior, but is most often remembered for what he did with his typewriter -- authoring Ball Four , the only sports book on the New York Public Library's list of the best books of the entire 20th century !
Ball Four Book by Jim Bouton
Ball Four Book: First Edition | Authored by Jim Bouton | World Publishing (1970) | Amazon

Bulldog Publishing, along with Jim Bouton, released an update to the book in 2014, that also included an updated Epilogue. The press release said:

When Ball Four was published in 1970, it created a firestorm. Bouton was called a Judas, a Benedict Arnold and a "social leper" for having violated the "sanctity of the clubhouse." Baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn tried to force Bouton to sign a statement saying the book wasn't true. Ballplayers, most of whom hadn't read it, denounced the book. It was even banned by a few libraries.

Almost everyone else, however, loved Ball Four . Fans liked discovering that athletes were real people--often wildly funny people. Many readers said it gave them strength to get through a difficult period in their lives. Serious critics called it an important document.

David Halberstam, who won a Pulitzer for his reporting on Vietnam, wrote a piece in Harper's that said of Bouton: "He has written... a book deep in the American vein, so deep in fact that it is by no means a sports book."

In 1999, Ball Four was selected by the New York Public Library as one of the "Books of the Century." And Time magazine chose it as one of the "100 Greatest Non-Fiction" books.

Besides changing the image of athletes, the book played a role in the economic revolution in pro sports. In 1975, Ball Four was accepted as legal evidence against the owners at the arbitration hearing, which lead to free agency in baseball and, by extension, to other sports.

Today, Ball Four has taken on another role--as a time capsule of life in the 60s. "It is not just a diary of Bouton's 1969 season with the Seattle Pilots and Houston Astros," says sportswriter Jim Caple. "It's a vibrant, funny, telling history of an era that seems even further away than four decades. To call it simply a "tell all book" is like describing The Grapes of Wrath as a book about harvesting peaches in California."

Jim Bouton Baseball Card
Jim Bouton Rookie Card | 1962 Topps Baseball Card (#592 | Checklist ) | Baseball Almanac Collection
Jim Bouton was a knuckleball pitcher, a relatively rare group of twirlers whose primary pitch was the knuckleball. His 62 career wins, puts Bouton in the Top 20 all time amongst fellow knuckleballers!

Did you know that Jim Bouton was the first big league player out of Bloom Township High School, located in Chicago Heights, Illinois?

Did you know that Jim Bouton was the first - and only Seattle Pilots player to wear #56 in a regular season game? The franchise relocated after just one year, becoming the modern day Milwaukee Brewers , and the number wasn't worn again until 1980. Do you know who used it that year? [ Answer ]

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Last-Modified: July 14, 2019 6:07 AM EST

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