IN THIS FIERCELY PERSONAL coming-of-age memoir, long before big money took over the sports world, Burt Golden tells the story of a poor kid from East Los Angeles with limited horizons who had a baseball scholarship at the University of Oregon, until suddenly he didn’t. His back to the wall, he tried desperately to stay enrolled and keep his pro baseball dream alive while he battled for survival. He fought through periods of hunger, semi-homelessness, and a life as a campus phantom. Through all of this he had no idea of the life that awaited him. Nor did he have any notion that the unusual characters in his personal sports milieu were destined to become fading stars or shooting stars, nationally and world renowned, or even destined to build a sports empire.