All spread out, it looks like all the stuff your mom would have tossed away years ago after stumbling across it in the back of a closet – right along with your baseball cards. It’s much closer to an exhilarating archeological excavation, a sweet, hilarious and priceless insight into one the greatest sports books of all time that somehow has been preserved in pack-rat Jim Bouton’s storage unit for years.
It’s not your traditional baseball memorabilia, but in the realm of baseball and baseball literature, it’s a treasure trove. Jim Bouton’s the vast original manuscript archive for his best-selling book Ball Four, is up for auction. The current high bid for Bouton’s notes, tapes and other items that led to the publication of the ground-breaking story is over $73,000.