Willie Mays Aikens: Safe at Home

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An intimate portrait of a tortured player, this biography culls interviews, letters, and the personal account of baseball legend Willie Mays Aikens. Touted from a young age as the next Reggie Jackson, Aikens' promising career quickly turned disastrous when he fell into drug abuse and was ultimately sentenced to the longest prison sentence ever given to a professional athlete in a drug case. Not only an exploration of baseball and culture in the 1980s, this book also delves into the United States justice and ...

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Overview

An intimate portrait of a tortured player, this biography culls interviews, letters, and the personal account of baseball legend Willie Mays Aikens. Touted from a young age as the next Reggie Jackson, Aikens' promising career quickly turned disastrous when he fell into drug abuse and was ultimately sentenced to the longest prison sentence ever given to a professional athlete in a drug case. Not only an exploration of baseball and culture in the 1980s, this book also delves into the United States justice and penal systems.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781600786969
  • Publisher: Triumph Books
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 959,168
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.02 (d)

Meet the Author

Gregory Jordan has written about sports, movies, politics, and books for The New York Times, Crisis Magazine, and The Hill. Jordan worked with Mark Shriver on A Good Man, Mark’s biography of his father, Sargent Shriver, due out in June 2012. Jordan has also collaborated on books with former NFL player Joe Ehrmann and attorney Ron Shapiro. He lives in Sherwood, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay.
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Table of Contents

Prologue vii

Part 1 Seneca, 1954-1973 1

Part 2 The Great American Game, 1973-1980 21

Part 3 Hellfire George and His Band of Merry Pranksters Are Coming to Burn Your Town Down, 1980 53

Part 4 Somebody Tell Me What's Happening, 1980-1994 75

Part 5 El Distiplinante, 1995-2007 159

Part 6 Terrible Love, 2008-2011 205

Epilogue 257

Acknowledgments 259

Index 261

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