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Willie Mays Aikens: Safe at Home
Willie Mays Aikens: Safe at Home ›
By Gregory Jordan, With Willie Mays Aikens
Price 18.95

Trade Paper

ISBN 9781637272954

Published Aug 2022

<p><strong>From World Series hero to prison inmate, Willie Mays Aikens&#39; story is one of tragedy, belief, and the ultimate comeback.</strong><br /><br />Willie Mays Aikens was ascendant in the 1980s, establishing himself as one of the top sluggers in Major League Baseball as a member of the Kansas City Royals, alongside George Brett and Hal McRae. But a promising career quickly turned disastrous when he fell into drug abuse and was ultimately sentenced to 20 years in prison, a reflection of the era&#39;s harsh federal sentencing guidelines for crack cocaine and a criminal legal system intent on punishment rather than rehabilitation.<br /><br /><em>Safe at Home</em> is an intimate portrait of a tortured player and a redemption story for the ages. Through extensive interviews with Alkens himself, his family, friends, teammates, cellmates, and dealers, Gregory Jordan has woven this comeback tale with compassion and unique intensity.<br /><br />Readers will gain unvarnished insight into Aikens&#39; impoverished childhood in a slow-to-desegregate South Carolina town, the rollicking Kansas City Royals&#39; locker room, the go-go drug culture of America in the 80s, behind the prison gates of Leavenworth, and the grace and stability Aikens has found as a coach and mentor.</p>
If These Walls Could Talk: Kansas City Royals
If These Walls Could Talk: Kansas City Royals (4 Formats) ›
By Matt Fulks, By Jeff Montgomery, Foreword by Dayton Moore
Trade Paper Price 16.95

Trade Paper, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

ISBN 9781629373843

Published May 2017

With their 2015 World Series championship, the Kansas City Royals claimed their spot among baseball's top current franchises. Through the words of the players, via multiple interviews conducted with current and past Royals, readers will meet the players, coaches, and management and share in their moments of greatness and defeat. Montgomery recounts moments with George Brett, Willie Wilson, and Mike Sweeney as well as the current squad under Ned Yost, including Eric Hosmer and Alex Gordon. Kansas City fans will not want to be without this book.
Harmon Killebrew
Harmon Killebrew (4 Formats) ›
By Steve Aschburner
Cloth Price 25.95

Cloth, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

ISBN 9781600787027

Published May 2012

When Hall of Famer Harmon "Killer" Killebrew died in May 2011, the baseball world lost one of its best hitters and one of the finest ambassadors the game has ever known. Killebrew was second only to Babe Ruth in home runs by an American League slugger, and finished his career with 573 home runs and in 11th place for all-time Major League Baseball history. This book takes a look at the 22-year career of a perennial Most Valuable Player candidate and baseball powerhouse, reviewing his life in and out of baseball and peeling back the mystery surrounding this intensely private athlete. This biography is a look not only at Killebrew's long career as a player, but his life as an announcer and businessman after his retirement from baseball.
Willie Mays Aikens
Willie Mays Aikens (4 Formats) ›
By Gregory Jordan
Cloth Price 25.95

Cloth, PDF, EPUB, Mobipocket

ISBN 9781600786969

Published May 2012

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.