Neyer: The drug dealer who hated Bill James

From SABR member Rob Neyer at Baseball Nation on October 8, 2013:

Monday night, I wrote about Evan Longoria and Willie Mays Aikens, who wasn’t named after Willie Mays and wasn’t actually named Willie Mays Aikens at all (at least according to one reputable source). One source I consisted was a recent book about Aikens, titled Safe at Home: Willie Mays Aikens. Yep. There it is again.

Anyway, I checked the index for any reference to Willie Mays. The index does not contain any reference to Willie Mays, who is mentioned on Page 11. It’s that sort of index. Anyway, I happened to notice that Bill James is referenced in the index. Checking the reference, I found this page, describing a moment late in the 1982 season. It was a disappointing season for the Royals, and Aikens had been taking some heat from the fans …

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Originally published: October 8, 2013. Last Updated: October 8, 2013.