Suicide Squeeze

Taylor Hooton, Rob Garibaldi, and the Fight against Teenage Steroid Abuse

William C. Kashatus
Outstanding Academic Title, Choice, 2017
Book Cover

HC: $35.00
EAN: 978-1-4399-1438-0
Publication: Jan 17

Ebook: $35.00
EAN: 978-1-4399-1440-3
Publication: Jan 17

256 pages
6 x 9
1 figs., 35 halftones

A heartbreaking story of steroids-related suicides by two promising young amateur baseball players that mobilized Major League Baseball’s campaign against steroid use

Read Chapter 1 (pdf).


Appearance- and performance-enhancing drugs—specifically, anabolic steroids (APEDs)—provide a tempting competitive advantage for amateur baseball players. But this shortcut can exact a fatal cost on talented athletes. In his urgent book Suicide Squeeze, William Kashatus chronicles the experiences of Taylor Hooton and Rob Garibaldi, two promising high school baseball players who abused APEDs in the hopes of attracting professional scouts and Division I recruiters. However, as a result of their steroid abuse, they ended up taking their own lives.

In Suicide Squeeze—named for the high-risk play in baseball to steal home—Kashatus identifies the symptoms and dangers of steroid use among teens. Using archival research and interviews with the Hooton and Garibaldi families, he explores the lives and deaths of these two troubled young men, the impact of their suicides on Major League Baseball, and the ongoing fight against adolescent APED use that their parents have been waging.

A passionate appeal to prevent additional senseless deaths by athletes, Suicide Squeeze makes an important contribution to debates on youth and sports and on public policy.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviations

1. Confronting Baseball’s Fallen Heroes
2. For Love of the Game and Sons
3. "You Need to Get Bigger"
4. "Mom, Come Look at My Guns!"
5. "It’s Just a Big Lie!"
6. "Only God Can Hold Me Now"
7. USC's Baseball "Family"
8. Fighting Back
9. Losing a Son, Rebuilding a Family

Taylor Hooton Foundation
Selected Bibliography

About the Author(s)

William C. Kashatus is a historian, a longtime educator, and an amateur baseball coach. A regular contributor to the Philadelphia Inquirer, he is also the author of several books on baseball, including Jackie and Campy: The Untold Story of Their Rocky Relationship and the Breaking of Baseball's Color Line.