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Monday, May 21, 2012
Safe at Home


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Willie Mays Aikens made his way into the baseball history books as the first player to hit two home runs in two games in the same World Series. But during the 1980 World Series that made him famous, Aikens was using cocaine on a regular basis. Jeremy Schaap speaks with Willie Mays Aikens and his co-author Gregory Jordan regarding the autobiography "€Safe At Home."€¯ 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. Listen