Baseball has inspired many a wordsmith to practice word-smithery of the highest order Roger Angell in The New Yorker, Red Smith on a daily basis, Roger Kahn in "The Boys of Summer," Bill James in his Almanacs.
If you ever had the chance to have Jim Bouton sign a copy of “Ball Four,” his autograph often came with the quip, “Smoke ‘em inside.” That was an oft-quoted phrase in the book, from Seattle Pilots teammate
‘Ball Four’ was salacious, funny and exposed athletes as human. It’s also why Jim Bouton became a pariah with his peers.
Jerome Holtzman, the Hall of Fame baseball writer from Chicago who invented the save rule 60 years ago, decided late in life he wanted to sell his archives and declutter his Evanston home. Holtzman, nicknamed