Born in El Cajon, California, in 1969, BRET BOONE reached the major leagues in 1992. He hit 252 home runs, drove in more than 1,000 runs, and won four Gold Gloves and two Silver Slugger Awards in a 14-year career with the Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, Atlanta Braves, and San Diego Padres. A Sports Illustrated writer called him "perhaps the coolest guy in the majors--and one of the smartest." Boone lives in Southern California. KEVIN COOK is the award-winning author of Titanic Thompson, Tommy's Honor, and Kitty Genovese. A former senior editor at Sports Illustrated, he has often appeared on ESPN, CNN, Fox News, and NPR. He lives in New York City.