Like a long line drive into the gap, local author Alan Maimon stretched Las Vegas connections all the way to Philadelphia. Our City of Entertainment met their City of Brotherly Love last year when the ex-Las Vegas Review-Journal reporter’s debut book, Shane Victorino: The Flyin’ Hawaiian—chronicling the unlikely rise of the former Las Vegas 51s centerfielder to major league all-star status—was published by Triumph Books.
“Shane Victorino is one of the most exciting players and compelling personalities in the game today,” Maimon says of the Vegas resident noted for his philanthropic efforts here and in Philadelphia. “In this golden age of Phillies baseball, no player on the team more embodies the Rocky Balboa spirit of Philadelphia than Victorino.”
Hailing from Hawaii, the Gold Glove winner is a little smaller than the average ballplayer, with the added hurdle of overcoming Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). In The Flyin’ Hawaiian, Maimon traces Victorino’s journey as he was cast off by both the Los Angeles Dodgers (who drafted him) and the San Diego Padres before landing in Philadelphia, where he became the spark plug for the resurgent Phillies, helping them grab the World Series title in 2008.
“I liked that he was an underdog,” says Maimon, who was raised near Philadelphia. “And he felt sharing his struggle was something that inspires.”
Beyond that, Maimon says, his Victorino bio also serves a greater purpose: to educate readers about ADHD. “At a book-signing in Philadelphia, a lot of people told me that either they or someone they knew had the disorder and that they were inspired by Shane’s story.”
Maimon’s next book, which is about Hall of Famer Andre Dawson, is scheduled for release in May. That gives you just enough time to read up on an underdog before delving into the life of The Hawk.