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Jim Bouton was signed by the Yankees as an amateur free agent in 1959 and assigned to the Auburn Yankees of the Class "A" NY Penn league. He was hit by a line drive that broke the thumb of his pitching hand. The Yankees then assigned him to Kearney. He was 2-4 in 15 games. The next year he pitched for Greensboro in the class "B" Carolina League and was named to the all star team. He made his major league debut in 1962 with the Yankees. In 1963 he won 21 games and made the All Star team. In 1964 he beat the Cardinals twice in the world series.
Of course he is also the author of Ball Four. It is a great book and one every baseball fan should read. He is also a television personality and made a comeback after being out of baseball for 8 years. He is credited for developing the Big League Chew bubble gum. He wrote Foul Ball, a book about the attempt to save Wahconah Park in Pittsfield, MA.