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Nailed! : the improbable rise and spectacular fall of Lenny Dykstra
Frankie, Christopher.
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Philadelphia : Running Press, 2013.
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286 pages ; 24 cm
Profiles the life of the former center fielder, chronicling his sensational rise in the business world and his equally sudden downfall brought on by his controversial associations and illegal dealings.
Machine generated contents note: ch. 1 Little Lenny Leswick -- ch. 2 Dykstra DNA -- ch. 3 The Tiniest Met -- ch. 4 Rusty Nails -- ch. 5 One for the Road -- ch. 6 The Taj Mahal of Car Washes -- ch. 7 Cramerica -- ch. 8 Jocks and Stocks -- ch. 9 Movin' on Up -- ch. 10 Nails Never Fails -- ch. 11 Painful Dorothy -- ch. 12 Living the Dream -- ch. 13 Bad Machines -- ch. 14 Going, Going, Gone -- ch. 15 Family Feud -- ch. 16 Lock and Load -- ch. 17 Pinch Hitter -- ch. 18 Striking Out -- ch. 19 Keep Moving the Chains -- ch. 20 Miserable Millionaire -- ch. 21 Chris the Controller -- ch. 22 Greed Is Good -- ch. 23 Blood in the Streets -- ch. 24 Ya Gotta Believe -- ch. 25 Hunting the White Whale -- ch. 26 Eli Manning Is Too Cool for School -- ch. 27 Box of Rocks -- ch. 28 Yer Out -- ch. 29 Late-Season Collapse -- ch. 30 Property of Deadbeat Dykstra -- ch. 31 Fool on the Hill -- ch. 32 Living in Fantasyland -- ch. 33 The Barrel-Finder -- ch. 34 Outta Here -- ch. 35 Crash Landing --

Contents note continued: ch. 36 Nailed by the Numbers -- ch. 37 Mini-Madoff -- ch. 38 Bye Bye Bromance -- ch. 39 Weird Cat -- ch. 40 There's No Place Like Home -- ch. 41 Naughty Nails -- ch. 42 Winning Warlocks -- ch. 43 The Hustler -- ch. 44 Dorothy, in Love -- ch. 45 No Surrender -- ch. 46 Nailing Nails.
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Nailed! is a dramatic biography of Lenny Dykstra--the heroic center fielder for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies in the '80s and '90s whose gritty play earned him the nickname "Nails." Dykstra's unlikely post-baseball rise in the business world is a success story that is only matched by the sordid tale of his ultimate downfall.

From famously receiving financial guru Jim Cramer's ringing endorsement as "one of the best" stock prognosticators, to hanging out with Charlie Sheen and numerous prostitutes, to holding court in his 15 million California home, Dykstra lived a highflying lifestyle. He was the toast of the business world before his litany of crimes were detected and his empire began to unravel in 2009, leading to a conviction and prison sentence in 2012 with more charges pending.

Through compelling storytelling supported by extensive research and documentation--including interviews with many of Dykstra's friends, family, and business associates-- Nailed! Peels back the layers to reveal that the criminal charges of grand theft auto, identity theft, vandalism, lewd behavior, sexual assault, are just the tip of the iceberg. This is an engaging read of a sports and business hero gone bad.

Author Notes

Christopher Frankie worked side-by-side with Lenny Dykstra as editor of The Players Club , Dykstra's high-end lifestyle and finance magazine, and as Dykstra's primary confidant. Frankie has been a financial journalist for over fifteen years, and has written for Newsday , The Financial Times , and, among others. He lives in New York City.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Financial journalist Frankie (Newsday, The Financial Times) spins a dizzying, multifarious tale of his employer, mentor, and childhood hero: the mercurial outfielder-turned-stock-market-wunderkind-turned-criminal formerly known as Leonard Kyle Leswick. This is a decadent, debauched journey with nary a normal moment. From his humble beginnings littered with troubling social behavior-"[Lenny's] hijinks expanded beyond hurling turds"-the little grinder never lacked selfish ambition. Dykstra's desire to make a quick buck became toxic later in life, wherein he spurned everyone close to him. And despite sporadic "random acts of generosity", his self-destructive habits result in imprison-ment, where the big-leaguer is depicted exposing himself to passersby through a bed sheet. In mythol-ogizing Dykstra, Frankie is at times ebullient, but this account is replete with horror stories. A refusal to pay employees is unforgiveable, but propositioning potential employees for sexual favors is perhaps the most egregious example of Dykstra's depravity. It's unclear whether this is all a ruse, whether this is just another of #4's games-the text reads as an absolution of sorts. A lackadaisical, "boys will be boys" attitude is smattered throughout; it echoes another of Dykstra's get-rich-quick schemes, printed on glossy stock and delivered to every athlete in town. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 8
Introduction: Back to the Middlep. 11
Chapter 1 Little Lenny Leswickp. 14
Chapter 2 Dykstra DNAp. 19
Chapter 3 The Tiniest Metp. 25
Chapter 4 Rusty Nailsp. 32
Chapter 5 One for the Roadp. 39
Chapter 6 The Taj Mahal of Car Washesp. 45
Chapter 7 Cramericap. 51
Chapter 8 Jocks and Stocksp. 59
Chapter 9 Movin' on Upp. 66
Chapter 10 Nails Never Failsp. 71
Chapter 11 Painful Dorothyp. 77
Chapter 12 Living the Dreamp. 85
Chapter 13 Bad Machinesp. 92
Chapter 14 Going, Going, Gonep. 100
Chapter 15 Family Feudp. 106
Chapter 16 Lock and Loadp. 112
Chapter 17 Pinch Hitterp. 118
Chapter 18 Striking Outp. 126
Chapter 19 Keep Moving the Chainsp. 132
Chapter 20 Miserable Millionairep. 135
Chapter 21 Chris the Controllerp. 142
Chapter 22 Greed Is Goodp. 147
Chapter 23 Blood in the Streetsp. 151
Chapter 24 Ya Gotta Believep. 157
Chapter 25 Hunting the White Whalep. 164
Chapter 26 Eli Manning Is Too Cool for Schoolp. 168
Chapter 27 Box of Rocksp. 173
Chapter 28 Yer Outp. 179
Chapter 29 Late-Season Collapsep. 185
Chapter 30 Property of Deadbeat Dykstrap. 190
Chapter 31 Fool on the Hillp. 197
Chapter 32 Living in Fantasylandp. 205
Chapter 33 The Barrel-Finderp. 212
Chapter 34 Outta Herep. 217
Chapter 35 Crash Landingp. 224
Chapter 36 Nailed by the Numbersp. 233
Chapter 37 Mini-Madoffp. 238
Chapter 38 Bye Bye Bromancep. 243
Chapter 39 Weird Catp. 247
Chapter 40 There's No Place Like Homep. 249
Chapter 41 Naughty Nailsp. 254
Chapter 42 Winning Warlocksp. 262
Chapter 43 The Hustlerp. 266
Chapter 44 Dorothy, in Lovep. 272
Chapter 45 No Surrenderp. 274
Chapter 46 Nailing Nailsp. 278
Epiloguep. 280
Notesp. 281