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"Saddle-up, Charlie." With those words University of Maryland football coach Jerry Claiborne nudged Charlie Wysocki toward the playing field.  Charlie knew what was expected.  He would take the hand-off from quarterback Boomer Esiason and rush toward the slice of daylight created by his offensive line, over and over again until he reached the end zone.

 With each punishing foray into enemy territory, Charlie put a greater distance between himself and the lost boy named Charlie DeGraffenreid.  Every big gain or touchdown moved him closer to his dream of playing in the NFL

 Now Charlie Wysocki finally gets to tell his story.  From Pennsylvania high school wrestling champion and college All-ACC football player, his life spiraled down to a depth from which few have ever returned.  Charlie still fights today for redemption and a shot at the happiness that mental illness has denied him.

 The Wysocki odyssey is an uneasy voyage, but one that will prove too compelling to miss.   


What others are saying about "Saddle Up, Charlie"

"Saddle Up, Charlie is about Charlie Wysocki's life and his ability to survive overwhelming adversity. Many think his story is tragic, but there's a quiet beauty to it.  Look closer and you will find a man suffering from bi-polar disorder, never asking ‘why me?’  Charlie still inspires me, and Saddle Up, Charlie will inspire you!" -Dave Pacella - All-ACC offensive tackle University of Maryland, Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) and Washington Federals (USFL)

“Charlie was in the Dallas Cowboys camp with Tom Landry and Tony Dorsett one day and battling a mental illness the next. Words cannot describe how glad I am that Charlie’s story is finally being told.  Despite incredible obstacles, his life is a success story and an inspiration to the mentally ill and the sports world.”-Dan LaMagna – Owner and Former Coach NEPA Miners Football Team


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Coming later in 2013

The Low Self-Esteem Club: The Stories Behind Baseball's Most Unflattering Nicknames

The Low Self-Esteem Club focuses on the baseball players who embraced unflattering and (sometimes insulting) nicknames.  Even today they are  known by such names as Fatty, Creepy, Cuckoo, Chink, Dummy and Piggy.  Over 100 short biographies explore the origin of the names, as well as the personal histories that made these mostly obscure players worth knowing.

Most nicknames were a result of physical characteristics, personality traits, skill sets (or lack thereof) or geographical/ethnic background.  In The Low Self-Esteem Club, you will achieve some insight into the psyche of the young men who went down in baseball history with names that must have made their mothers cringe.






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Veeck--As in Wreck by Bill Veeck Jr.

The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth by Leigh Montville

The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence S. Ritter

Maybe I'll Pitch Forever by Leroy (Satchel) Paige

1947: When All Hell Broke Loose in Baseball by Red Barber

September Swoon: Richie Allen, the '64 Phillies and Racial Integration by William C. Kashatus

The Old Ball Game by Frank Deford

The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn

Clemente by David Maraniss

It's Good to be Alive by Roy Campanella

Blackout: The Story of Jackie Robinson's First Spring Training by Chris Lamb

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