The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven: How a Ragtag Group of Fans Took the Fall for Major League Baseball [NOOK Book]

Overview

Major League Baseball has had its share of troubled times. In terms of sheer dirt, three scandals rise to the top: Shoeless Joe and the Black Sox, the 1985 Pittsburgh drug trials, and the steroid era. The former and latter have been covered extensively. Yet there has never been a book detailing the biggest drug trials in baseball history. The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven tells the whole story in all its shocking details.

The MLB participants were among the game's elite, as a ...

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The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven: How a Ragtag Group of Fans Took the Fall for Major League Baseball

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Overview

Major League Baseball has had its share of troubled times. In terms of sheer dirt, three scandals rise to the top: Shoeless Joe and the Black Sox, the 1985 Pittsburgh drug trials, and the steroid era. The former and latter have been covered extensively. Yet there has never been a book detailing the biggest drug trials in baseball history. The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven tells the whole story in all its shocking details.

The MLB participants were among the game's elite, as a virtual all-star team had come to Pittsburgh. Implicated as cocaine users: Keith Hernandez, Dave Parker, Lee Mazzilli, Dusty Baker, Lonnie Smith, Joaquin Andujar, John Milner, Dale Berra. Mentioned as using amphetamines: Willie Mays, Willie Stargell. But the guys who took the fall for these superstars were just average fans, not heavy hitters or major drug dealers, and this book reveals the often comic circumstances of how they set up deals—and how they got busted.

In 1985, it seemed the league was poised to implement a drug testing policy for the players. Obviously, that didn't happen, and because of this inaction, the steroid era came along—and with it all of the broken records that transformed the sport. That's what makes this story so relevant today.

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"The account is fascinating . . . throws harsh light on Major League Baseball's ongoing failure to police itself."  —Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781569767665
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/27/2010
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 598,215
  • File size: 4 MB

Meet the Author

Aaron J. Skirboll has built strong working relationships with the participants of this case: from the FBI agents, US attorneys, defense lawyers, journalists, former baseball executives, and doctors who were involved, to the dealers themselves.

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  • Posted August 13, 2010

    It's about time!

    This is a story that needs to be told. Aaron Skirboll did a great job in naming names and in describing how a handful of "local yokels" took the fall for the players and Major League Baseball! Although the "seven" were portrayed as big time drug dealers, this was not really the case! They were just caught up in "partying with some local celebrities."

    Most of the City of Pittsburgh already knew this back in 1985 as the details and the plea bargains took place. HBO also took a swipe at this in 2006 on Bryant Gumbles "Real Sports" show, but this book goes much deeper. Great job, good read.

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  • Posted March 23, 2012

    Interesting Book

    This was a very interesting book to read.It covered baseballs first drug scandal in the early 80's.The author brought back memories of a time in baseball that is rarely discussed anymore.The book also covers more in depth the non celebrities in the case,the group of friends who wound up providing most of the cocaine that went to the players in Pittsburgh.

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