Jim Bouton talks Mantle, 'Ball Four' with Bob Costas
(Commack) Bob Costas sits down with Jim Bouton for an episode of "Studio 42 with Bob Costas" debuting on the MLB Network Sunday night.
Bouton discusses his groundbreaking book, "Ball Four," his return to Yankee Stadium in 1998, his relationship with Mickey Mantle, performance enhancing drugs and other matters.
On the reaction to "Ball Four" from baseball writers:
"The baseball establishment had been pretty well protected by the writers that covered the teams. In those days, the writers felt they were an extension of the team's publicity department.
"There would be a fight on the bus for example, and the writers would be sitting there and they would decide not to get off the bus and wire that story and send it in there. They'd agree not to write about it, they'd agree not to tell these things. These were all boy scouts."
On returning to Yankee Stadium in 1998:
"I was worried about how I would be perceived in the clubhouse. But when I walked into the Stadium I got, 'Hey Bulldog!,' and all that stuff so I said ‘I'm ok with the fans, I think.’ I got into the clubhouse and the players were great. It was a really good feeling.
"I spent so much time in the clubhouse that I got onto the field late. I didn't get a chance to run around the field and get that feeling. But it was some day."