‘Ball Four’ author Jim Bouton dead at 80, cause of death

'Ball Four' author Jim Bouton dead at 80 | Baseball pitcher | cause of death.

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Baseball pitcher and author of controversial ‘Ball Four’ book, Jim Bouton, died at age 80 on July 10, 2019 at his home in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, from a brain disease linked to dementia.

Jim Bouton was an American professional baseball player. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a pitcher for the New York Yankees, Seattle Pilots, Houston Astros, and Atlanta Braves between 1962 and 1978. He was also a best-selling author, actor, activist, sportscaster and one of the creators of Big League Chew.

Jim Bouton suffered a stroke in 2012.

He also had been in a years-long battle with cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA), aka congophilic angiopathy. It is a form of angiopathy in which amyloid deposits form in the walls of the blood vessels of the central nervous system.

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