In 1978, Ted Turner signed Bouton to a contract with the Atlanta Braves. After a successful season with the Savannah Braves of the Class AA Southern League, he was called up to join Atlanta’s rotation in September, and compiled a 1–3 record in five starts.
His winding return to the majors was chronicled in a book by sportswriter Terry Pluto, The Greatest Summer. Bouton also detailed his comeback in a 10th anniversary re-release of his first book, titled Ball Four Plus Ball Five, as well as adding a Ball Six, updating the stories of the players in Ball Four, for the 20th anniversary edition.
All were included (in 2000) as Ball Four: The Final Pitch, along with a new coda that detailed the death of his daughter and his reconciliation with the Yankees.
On September 14, 1978, Jim Bouton notches his last major league victory (62-63). Jim wins a major league game for first time since 1970.
The 39-year old ‘Bulldog’ limits San Francisco to three hits in six innings of work in the Braves’ 4-0 victory.