Jim Bouton pitched for the Yankees, Seattle Pilots, and the Houston Astros from 1962-1970 and a brief comeback briefly with the Atlanta Braves in 1978. His two best seasons were 1962 and 1963, but after that arm troubles did him in and he was never the same. He was known for his wicked fastball and his hat flying off his head as he pitched. He was apply nicknamed "The Bulldog."
But his two claims to fame came from off the field. He was the inventor of the bubble gum product Big League Chew and he was a ground breaking author. Care to guess why? The SBSB tasked one of our groupies to come up with not only who Jim Bouton is, but to figure out why Jim Bouton should be looked to as a role model for teachers.
In 1970, Jim Bouton published "Ball Four." This book, which I read in high school over 30 years ago, chronicled the 1969 season he spent with the Seattle Pilots (currently the Milwaukee Brewers) and Houston Astros. Though Bouton's book wasn't the first of it's kind (in 1960 pitcher Jim Brosnan wrote "The Long Season" based on his 1959 year with the Cardinals and Reds and was "G-rated"), but was the first to show the salacious underbelly of Major League Baseball, explore the early drug problems, and while Bouton loved Mickey Mantle, didn't pull back when it came to writing about Mantle (click to enlarge);
What we need in education, and yes, I know there have been other "tell all" books from educators in the past, but what we need is a Jim Bouton. Write a diary of the school year. Lay nothing to waste. Every single bit of idiotic stupidity laid in our laps by incompetent higher up should be exposed with the names of these incompetents there for all to see.
Yes, it is done here on the blogs, but wouldn't it be great for a published book, and true tell all book of how the system here in NYC is stacked against the families, students, and true educators? How Uncle Mike has decimated the schools in what will be 12 years of a failed mayoralty?
A book like "Ball Four" needs to be written. I just feel there is someone out there ready to write such a book and not a moment too soon.