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Published: Sun, April 28, 2002 @ 12:00 a.m.



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Former Brownwrites autobiography

"From Ghetto To God: The Incredible Journey of NFL Star Reggie Rucker" (Creative Works Publishing, $15.95) is being is set to be published this year.

It is cowritten by Canton school teacher Nadine McIlwain. It will be released this summer during Pro Football Hall of Fame festivities.

Rucker's story begins in Washington, D.C. in the late 1950s, when he and his mother, Nance, had to walk down streets looking for food and a place to sleep.

The book follows his life and examines the temptations he and other star athletes have faced.

BASEBALL BOOK

"Shoeless Joe & amp; Black Betsy" by Phil Bildner; illustrator, C.F. Payne; Simon & amp; Schuster ($17); age range: 4-8

This beautiful book uses paintings in muted colors to tell the story of the Chicago White Sox player who once played a game in his stocking feet. Instead of dwelling on the end of Joe Jackson's career, this book tells of how he came to have his big powerful bat, Black Betsy, which he used to earn the highest batting average for a rookie in the major leagues.

An afterword explains how Jackson, along with several other White Sox players, was accused of throwing the 1919 World Series and then banned from baseball for life.




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