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

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

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

Eerily prescient of times to come, this exposé examines drug use in Major League Baseball (MLB) during the mid-1980s and one of the biggest drug trials in baseball history. Through a series of exclusive interviews with FBI agents, U.S. attorneys, defense lawyers, journalists, former baseball executives, physicians, and the dealers themselves, the narrative provides a behind-the-scenes look into how the players managed their habits, the effect of the drugs on their athletic performance, and the ruses the players concocted to keep their drug consumption from becoming public knowledge. Among the all-stars implicated as cocaine users were Joaquin Andujar, Dusty Baker, Dale Berra, Keith Hernandez, Lee Mazzilli, John Milner, Dave Parker, and Lonnie Smith, while Willie Mays and Willie Stargell were fingered as amphetamine users. In addition to identifying the players involved, this account reveals how the hapless group of mostly diehard Pittsburgh Pirates fans got into cocaine and connected with the players as well as the often comic “deals” that eventually got them busted. Then MLB Commissioner Peter Ueberroth's failure to implement a strict drug policy in the aftermath of the trial is also discussed, along with the role this inaction played in enabling the steroid era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781569767665
Publisher: Chicago Review Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 07/27/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 493,655
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Aaron Skirboll is a writer. He lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven: How a Ragtag Group of Fans Took the Fall for Major League Baseball 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Shifty_at_Fifty More than 1 year ago
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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OrangeBowl More than 1 year ago
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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