Book excerpt from 'Sweet Lou'

Tracing the origins of Piniella's legendary temper

Originally Published: June 22, 2009
By Melissa Isaacson | Special to ESPNChicago.com

This excerpt from "Sweet Lou ... Lou Piniella: A Life in Baseball" is printed with the permission of Triumph Books.

At least for mass public consumption, Jim Bouton, a teammate with the Seattle Pilots in 1969, was the first to call Piniella a "red ass" in his book "Ball Four." But Piniella was quite familiar with the term by then.

He had been cursed by it in high school, when differences with his baseball coach resulted in a boycott of his senior season and offered as a ...

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