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Former professional baseball player bounces back from drug charges

"We have a life that we can live," Aikens said. "Not only a flashy life but a spiritual life too. It took me 45 years before I could realize that." "We have a life that we can live," Aikens said. "Not only a flashy life but a spiritual life too. It took me 45 years before I could realize that."
CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

A former major league baseball player who spent time in prison on drug charges shared his story at La Croix church in Cape Girardeau.

Willie Mays Aikens was at one point one of the top sluggers in the game.

"I'm blessed what else can I say man," Aikens said.

He played for the Angels in the late 70s and the Kansas City Royals and Toronto Blue Jays in the 80's.

"I am known for the 1980 World Series," Aikens said.

In that series, he hit 2 home runs in both Game 1 and Game 4.

"I was one of the first active ball players to go to prison," Aikens said.

In 1994, Aikens was sentenced to 20 years in prison on gun and crack cocaine charges.

He was released in 2008.

"We have a life that we can live," Aikens said. "Not only a flashy life but a spiritual life too. It took me 45 years before I could realize that."

He credits his faith for turning his life around.

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