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Former New York Yankees pitcher Jim Bouton, whose irreverent, raunchy baseball memoir, 'Ball Four,' attracted both hostility and acclaim, died on Wednesday at his home in Massachusetts at the age of 80.
The Newark, New Jersey, native died following a battle with a brain disease linked to dementia after weeks of hospice care, New York's Daily News reported.
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The knuckleballer, who spent 10 years in the major leagues, was best known for writing the best-selling Ball Four, recounting the 1969 season when he was a member of the expansion Seattle Pilots and the Houston Astros as well as his earlier years with the Yankees.
The book gave fans a rare, intimate glimpse into the drinking, drug use and sexual escapades that went on in professional baseball at that time.
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