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

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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.

 

About Aaron Skirboll

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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.
 
Published July 27, 2010 by Chicago Review Press. 296 pages
Genres: History, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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Kevin Koch took this job for the same reason that inspires women who follow baseball players around: just to enhance his own importance by becoming close to well-known and wealthy young baseball players.

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Related topics Pittsburgh Pirates Major League Baseball The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven: How a Ragtag Group of Fans Took the Fall for Major League Baseball by Aaron Skirboll makes that claim in a very convincing fashion.

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According to the author of The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven, during the 1980s millions of Americans got caught up in the coke craze, and that included several baseball players of the Pittsburgh Pirates who were persuaded into taking drugs regularly.

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He goes on to tell the stories of others who became close to professional baseball players in a variety of ways, and how these men got into supplying the players with drugs.

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