The author of the most irreverent, talked-about sports book of the 1970s has died. Jim Bouton, author of Ball Four, passed away yesterday at the age of 80. Bouton wrote his book - more or less a diary of the 1969 MLB season - while pitching for the Seattle Pilots (who would go on to become the Milwaukee Brewers) and the Houston Astros. His book gave readers a view into all the funny, nasty, goofy things that happen when talented young men are together on a daily basis. I loved the book - I still use quotes from it. If you want to read a genuinely funny and honest book, do yourself a favor and find a copy.