His birthday was in a week. He expected to go to spring training in a few months, to spend the next year or two or 10 or 20 playing baseball. He had no idea that he’d spend the next 27 years, springs and summers, falls and winters, locked up in prison.
Death of a Ballplayer: Billy Dillon was about to sign a contract with the Detroit Tigers — then he was wrongly convicted of first-degree murder and spent the next 27 years of his life in maximum security prison