by Ryne Dure with Tom Sabellico, Forward by Jim “Mudcat” Grant
Ryne Duren terrified major league batters, pitching 100 mph while squinting through thick, dark sunglasses. For effect, a warm-up pitch would go sailing back to the screen. Meanwhile, it was Ryne who was in fear and his drinking that was out of control, turning the All-Star and World Series hero into a chronic alcoholic, who attempted suicide several times to stop the pain. In 1968, after suffering more than 25 years, Duren overcame his addiction, and turned his competitive spirit to helping others. Now as he completes his 35th year of sobriety, Duren shares his reflections on alcohol, baseball, and life.