May 28, 1984 12:00 PM

by Orlando Cepeda and Bob Markus

On Dec. 12, 1975, Orlando Cepeda was arrested at San Juan International Airport for possession of 60 pounds of marijuana. That event transformed Cepeda from the hero of 17 successful major league seasons to a national disgrace. This book is not a defense of his actions: Indeed, he doesn’t offer any excuses. It’s more like a long list: He liked teammate Cookie Rojas, and he hated manager Alvin Dark; his father, Pedro Cepeda, helped and inspired him; his first manager at Salem of the D minor league, Jack Crosswhite, cursed him. This is basically The World According to Orlando—and not much else. (Icarus Press, $13.95)

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