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Publisher's Summary

Appearance- and performance-enhancing drugs - specifically, anabolic steroids (APEDs) - provide a tempting competitive advantage for amateur baseball players. But this shortcut can exact a fatal cost on talented athletes. In his urgent book Suicide Squeeze, William Kashatus chronicles the experiences of Taylor Hooton and Rob Garibaldi, two promising high school baseball players who abused APEDs in the hopes of attracting professional scouts and Division I recruiters. However, as a result of their steroid abuse, they ended up taking their own lives.

In Suicide Squeeze - named for the high-risk play in baseball to steal home - Kashatus identifies the symptoms and dangers of steroid use among teens. Using archival research and interviews with the Hooton and Garibaldi families, he explores the lives and deaths of these two young men, the impact of their suicides on MLB, and the ongoing fight against adolescent APED use by their parents.

A passionate appeal to prevent additional senseless deaths by athletes, Suicide Squeeze is an important contribution to debates on youth and sports and on public policy.

The book is published by Temple University Press.

©2017 William C. Kashatus (P)2018 Redwood Audiobooks

Critic Reviews

“A must-read for all parents and for everyone interested in the integrity of sports.” (Rob Manfred, Commissioner of Baseball)

“Every young person who reads this book represents a life potentially saved.” (Randy Levine, president, New York Yankees, and board Member, Taylor Hooton Foundation) 

“An outstanding book that should be read by anyone who has or will have a connection with young people who play sports. Suicide Squeeze reads like a novel and instructs like a textbook.” (Richard P. Borkowski, Sport and Recreation Safety Consultant) 

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This is a book that I would recommend to anyone that works with youth and any parent who has a child with aspirations to become a better athlete. Josh did a great job with the audio.

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Eye opening look into steroid use in youth sports

This was a great story and impartial perspective of two youth and their struggles with the athletic pressures of performance enhancing steroids. I thought the book was enlightening and the performance by the reader was exceptional. I will be looking for more books by this reader.

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