WILLIAMSTOWN --Williams College will host a conversation between alumnus Greg Jordan ‘92 and baseball legend Willie Mays Aikens, the subject of Jordan’s new book, Wednesday, Dec. 5.
This event was originally planned for Oct. 30, but was rescheduled due to the weather. The 8 p. m. event, moderated by Will Dudley, college provost and professor of philosophy, will take place at the Adams Memorial Theatre at the ‘62 Center for Theatre and Dance. The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required. Tickets are available online at http://62center.williams.edu/62center or by calling the theatre box office, 413-597-2425, Tuesday through Saturday, from 1 to 5 p.m.
Jordan’s book, "Willie Mays Aikens: Safe at Home,: provides a portrait of Aikens, who established himself as a top slugger before his promising career was derailed by cocaine use. Aikens was sentenced in 1994 to the longest prison sentence ever given to a professional athlete in a drug case. He was released in 2008 after changes were made to federal drug laws. Jordon’s biography examines not only baseball culture in the 1980s, but also the United States penal system.
Jordan worked with Mark Shriver on "A Good Man" (2012), a biography of Sargent Shriver. Jordan also collaborated on books with former National Football League player Joe Ehrmann and attorney Ron Shapiro.