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16 Part IllSaturday, September 7, 198S J HooAwjaelcoQIimcD THE DRUG LIST NEW YORK (UPD At least 30 major league baseball players have either admitted to, been arrested for, or been convicted by the courts of drug-related offenses since 1980. Among these are a number of former players who have publicly confessed to having used drugs during their playing years. A chronology follows: Spring, 1980 Kansas City catcher Darroll Porter is treated for a drug and alcohol dependency at The Meadows, a clinic in Wickenberg, Ariz. Porter eventually went on to win the 1982 World SeriBS MVP award. Aug. 25, 1980 Texas Ranger pitcher Ferguson Jenkins is arrested in Toronto for possession of marijuana, hashish and cocaine. On Dec. 18, 1980, Jenkins is convicted on those charges, but a judge orders Jenkins' record cleared because of his outstanding service to the community. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends Jenkins for one season, but an arbitrator overturns that decision and . reinstates Jenkins. Sept. 3, 190 Will McEnaney, a relief pitcher and former World Series star with the Cincinnati Reds, admits he was a regular cocaine user during his later years with the Montreal Expos, Pittsburgh Pirates and several minor league teams. July 3, 1981 Chicago White Sox pitcher Francisco Barrios enters a Chicago-area drug rehabilitation center. Barrios had been arrested a week earlier for disorderly conduct and possession of cocaine after a brawl in a Chicago bar. Jury 13, 1981 Lou Johnson of the Dodgers admits to having been a cocaine addict during the two years he helped the Dodgers to National League pennants in the mid-1960s. Johnson, who spent most of his 1 5-year career in the minors, said that at one point he sold his World Series ring for $500 to support his drug habit. At the time of his announcement, Johnson worked for the Dodgers in their community servicos department. July 21, 1982 Alan Wiggins of the San Diego Padres is arrested in San Diego for cocaine possession. Charges are later dropped after Wiggins has completed a rehabilitation program at California's Orange County CareUnit. Commissioner Bowie Kuhn suspends Wiggins for 30 days on Aug. 28, 1983. Aug. 8, 1982 San Diego second baseman Juan Bonilla enters California's Orange County CareUnit for 28-day drug rehabilitation program. Aug. 31, 1982 Cleveland Indian pitchers Len Barker and Ed Glynn are arrested in Chicago and charged with possession of a controlled substance, reportedly marijuana. Sept. 30, 1982 White Sox center fielder Ron LeFlore is arrested in Chicago for possession of drugs and illegal weapons. On Jan. 19, 1983, LeFlore is ordered to stand trial on those charges when a judge rejects his claim that the drugs and weapons belonged to friends. Oct. 1980 Montreal Expo out-. fielder Tim Raines enters drug rehabilitation center in California after admitting he is addicted to cocaine. Raines comments two months later that his problem, dating to his rookie year in 1981, was so severe he often "couldn't even see the ball." June 11, 1983 St. Louis outfielder Lonnie Smith voluntarily enters Hyland Center for Drug and Alcohol Abuse outside St. Louis for three-week treatment program, one year after his second-place finish to Dale Murphy in National League MVP voting. Winter, 1983 Dodgers' outfielder Ken Landreaux is treated at The Meadows clinic in Arizona for a "chemical dependency." Winter, 1983 Dodgers' reliever Steve Howe discloses that he received treatment for drug and alcohol problems at The Meadows in Arizona. Howe is later treated twice more at the facility, prompting three separate suspensions from the Dodgers and, finally, by Kuhn for one year. Howe files a grievance protesting his suspension. Dodger fines against Howe total more than $53,000. Oct. 13, 1983 Kansas City players Willie Wilson and Willie Aikens plead guilty to federal misdemeanor drug charges after a wide-ranging investigation of a conspiracy to buy cocaine. On Oct. 14, 1983, teammate Jerry Martin also pleads guilty to similar charges. Three days later, former Royal pitcher Vida Blue enters guilty plea. Wilson, the American League's batting champion in 1982, Aikens, a 1980 World Series hero, and Martin eventually serve 81-day prison terms at the Fort Worth Correctional Facility. The three win a hearing on their one-year baseball suspensions and are reinstated May 16, 1984. Blue seeks rehabilitation at a California facility and is reinstated days before the start of the 1985 season. j Information Systems KSi HEWLETT KK1 PACKARD IBM AT EnhnnraH ruff A uot 20 MB HD BM monochrome monitor iom monoenrome adaptor ONLY nw IBM Look here for YOUR BUSINESS SOLUTIONS: IBM XT ZSSK. 10MB. HD, 10MB backup. 1 HM Fltppr . . . , ... IBM XT ZS6K, 20MB. 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April 8, 1984 Former major leaguer Dock Ellis says he was under the influence of LSD when he threw a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres in 1970. Ellis, who played for the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees, also says he took "pep pills" when playing, once during a game against the Cincinnati Reds In which he intentionally tried to hit several players with pitches. Ellis is now coordinator of an anti-drug program in Los Angeles. April 17, 1984 Pittsburgh Pirate reliever Rod Scurry admits he is a cocaine user. The next day, he enters a 30-day drug rehabilitation program. Scurry's disclosure leads to a meeting with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pittsburgh grand jury investigation that has indicted seven persons for selling cocaine to major leaguers. Dec. 1984 Anthony J. Peters is sentenced to 22 years for selling cocaine to among others, baseball players Paul Molitor and Claudell Washington. During the trial, 10 players from the Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians are mentioned. Feb. 18, 198S Atlanta Brave outfielder Claudell Washington is arrested in Walnut Creek, Calif., and charged with a misdemeanor offense of possession of marijuana. Pending trial, Washington continues to play with the Braves. Spring, 1985 Angels' inf'ielder Daryl Sconiers enters a drug rehabilitation clinic in California for treatment of what is officially termed a "substance problem." On April 20, 1985, the Angels announce Sconiers has successfully completed the program. March, 1985 Former New York Yankee Joe Pepitone is arrested in the Bronx on drugs and weapons charges after police stop the car he is riding In. Pepitone is later indicted. April 6, 1985 Oakland pitcher Mike Norris is arrested in Berkeley, Calif., and charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance. Norris, who was arrested in 1984 but had charges of possession of cocaine and marijuana dropped because of insufficient evidence, had been receiving treatment for drug rehabitiation since the start of spring training. May 4, 1985 Alan Wiggins of the San Diego Padres is suspended from the team for one year after a relapse in his cocaine addiction. He eventually is traded to the Baltimore Orioles. May, 30, 1985 Indictments are handed up by Pittsburgh grand jury naming Thomas Balzor, Kevin Connolly, Dale Shiftman, Curtis Strong, Jeffrey Mosco, Robert McCue, and Shelby Greer as drug traffickers to major leaguers. Aug. 1, 1985 Kevin Connolly and Thomas Balzer plead guilty to one charge of possession of cocaine with intent to sell. Connolly is given three years and Balzer a two-year sentence. Aug. 19, 19B5 Dale Shiftman pleads guilty to 20 counts of selling cocaine. Rod Scurry and Tim Raines are among 1 1 present or former players connected to the Sniff man investigation. Sept. 5, 1985 In the first day of testimony in the drug trafficking trial of Curtis Strong, Lonnie Smith of the Kansas City Royals names Joaquin Andujar of the St. Louis Cardinals and Keith Hernandez of the New York Mets as players for whom he purchased cocaine. Hernandez, Lee Lacy of the Baltimore Orioles and Dave Parker of the Cincinnati Reds have been subpoenaed to appear at the trial. Sept. 6, 1985 In testimony, Hernandez corroborates Smith's statement. COMPAQ 286 Enhanced 512K . SIP . 30 MB HD 10 MB SBta COMPAQ. Microti! SiiIiAii PC Network IBMPC '1845 '2775 '2350 '2425 256K. 10MB HD. 1 floppy AT&T 640K 20MB HH0Plltr COMPAQ 10MB Portion 20MB Portable DESK PHO tooaR upgriii Modi 4 wnoillor . . . "3Z95 ESK PRO ,,-Upgnta Mtiil 3 wnoillor . . . AUTHORIZED SALES & SERVICE CA 92705 (714) 558-7789 DOWNEY Continued from Page 1 ignorance of tho law is no oxcusu. But your honor, I object. If it pleases the court, what about those baseball players who arc testifying their tongues off this week in Pittsburgh? Yes, sir; I did cocaine, said Lonnie Smith. Oh, absolutely! "massive amounts," said Keith Hernandez. And so did he. And so did he. And so did he. And so did he. If I get busted, can't I just tell you who else was in the room, and can't they just tell you that was in the room, and can't we all just point fingers and shake hands and go back to our jobs and wives and lives? Maybe we can help you nail the little creep who sold us the stuff. Yeah. Put that dude in the joint. That ought to teach him a lesson. Beg your pardon, your honor, but I just don't understand how all these baseball heroes can get away with this stuff. Can they do whatever they want and walk away from it, as long as they admit to it after they get caught? Once they snitch on someone else, can they be forgiven their own trespasses? What is this, anyway, "Prince of the City?" How come it was all right for Dock Ellis to pitch a no-hitter with a head full of LSD, or for Tim Raines to slide head-first into bases so. he wouldn't leave skid marks on the coke stash in his back pocket, or for Steve Howe to use a teammate as a screen while he took a toot or two in the bullpen? I guess it was OK as long as they were never nabbed with the goods. DRUGS Continued from Page 1 Monday, when Cabell was to resume his testimony. Cabell said he shared some cocaine with Parker in his hotel room in Pittsburgh while Parker was with the Pirates and he was with Houston but mentioned no date. "He gave it to me. He and I used it," Cabell said of Parker, who is scheduled to be a witness Monday. Cabell said he used the drug with Richard when he was with Houston, and with Holland and Leonard when he was on the Giants. Hernandez and Cabell were prosecution witnesses against Strong, who is accused of supplying athletes with cocaine. Hernandez, who recently signed a five-year, $8.4-million contract with New York, said he used cocaine with former teammates Lonnie Smith, Joaquin Andujar, Sorensen and Carbo. Hernandez said Carbo introduced him to the drug in 1980. And he said they were far from alone in using the substance. "I think it was the love-affair years ... It was pretty prevalent. I don't know the exact percentage, but it was widely used in 1980," he said. Hernandez was questioned about the figure he gave in testimony before the federal grand jury that indicted Strong and six others on cocaine-trafficking charges. He estimated that up to 40 of major league players were using the drug in 1980. Hernandez said of the figure: "I may be grossly wrong . . . It's declined tremendously since then." He said the decline was largely a reaction to the jailing in 1983 on drug-related charges of then Kansas City Royals Vida Blue, Willie Wilson, Willie Aikens and Jerry Martin. 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Hernandez took the stand Friday and said the early 1980s were the "love-affair years" with cocaine, that he played at least one game under the influence, that "it was like a demon in me," that the Cardinal manager begged him and the other users to step forward, that he probably got traded to the New York Mets because his powder snorter was the straw that broke Whitey Herzog's back. Not until those four Kansas City culprits-Willie Wilson, Willie Aikens. Jerry Martin and Vida Blue got sent to jail for three months apiece did the other athletes wise up, Hernandez said. That scared them. They found out they were plain old regular human beings, just like everybody else, and not entitled to get away with any transgression just by paying a lousy fine. Lonnie Smith turned himself in for treatment before it was too late. When he testified Thursday, the Kansas City outfielder named names faster than a railroad conductor calls out destinations. Gary Matthews did this and Dickie Noles did that, Smith said. At one point, a lawyer asked Smith about some Philadelphia Phillies who used to use amphetamines, and co-operative Lonnie obliged by saying that "supposedly" Larry Bowa and Bake McBride and Greg Luzinski cocaine from Strong in Philadelphia at a price of $300 for an eighth of an ounce, or 3V grams. He admitted under cross-examination, though, that he never bought the drug directly from Strong in Pittsburgh, and bought it only through Smith in the city. Strong is on trial only for crimes allegedly committed in Pittsburgh. When Hernandez finished testi fying, he flew to Los Angeles to rejoin the Mets, who had a Friday night game with the Dodgers. He missed Wednesday's game in San Diego. Hernandez, whose 1983 trade from the St. Louis Cardinals to the Mets was linked to his drug problem, said he began using cocaine extensively after the All-Star break in 1980. He said he used "massive" amounts of the addictive drug until it finally ceased to give him pleasure. "I consider cocaine the devil on this earth," Hernandez said. "There is a strong emotional link to it. It took me 2V years to get away from it completely." He said he tried to stop using it four or five times from 1980 to 1983 and has not used it since being traded to the Mets in June 1983. He said that three weeks before being traded by the Cardinals, Manager Whitey Herzog threatened to trade or bench three unnamed players he suspected of using cocaine. Herzog gave the players one week to step forward, Hernandez said. "I'll get rid of you. I'll trade you out of here, or I won't play you for the rest of the year," Hernandez quoted Herzog as saying. The Cardinals did not immediately carry out the threat, he said, but less than one month later, Hernandez was traded, and Smith entered a drug rehabilitation center. The first baseman said a separation from his wife in mid-1980 in part led him to. experiment with cocaine, "a splurge that lasted for three months." PARKING AVAILABLE GLENDALE FEDERAL SAVINGS GARAGE NEXT DOOR APPAREL DRIVE 272-4003 276-6306 and Nino lispinosa and Randy Lerch and Pete Rose popped pills with the Phils. Pete Rose? The same Pete Rose who got two hits here Friday and moved within three hits of tying Ty Cobb's record? "I can't waste time worrying about something that has supposedly in it," Rose said before the Reds-Cubs game at Wrigley Field. "Lonnie Smith has never seen me take drugs. Lonnie Smith has never gotten drugs for me. "I can't worry about it. I didn't do anything. So the best thing to do is let a dying horse die. Lonnie Smith is a convicted drug user. Consider the source. It would be different if he had something on me, but he don't." Dave Parker also was in the park, but had no comment. He still has to testify. Matthews also was in the park, but had no comment. He may be called to testify. Lary Sorensen also was in the park, but had no comment. Hernandez had testified that he used cocaine with Smith, Joaquin Andujar and the retired Bernie Carbo, and that when he first tried cocaine, Sorensen was in the room. As the testimony continues, as the feds round up more than just the usual suspects, the sport of baseball could find itself caught in the webbing of its biggest scandal Subject to availability COMPUTER SALE ends 9-13-85 IBM PC 2SO.M $1535 IBM XT 2S6r,l..fflMB $2280 IBM AT basic 42975 IBM AT Enhanced W20MS $3590 IBM AT w20MB&Upetwhup CALL IBM AT 512K, 1.2MB, 3G0K'40 MD hird dilt . . $3975 JUKI 6300 C.I iMtt leedn $950 CITIZEN$2B5420388488 DAS" easy accounting (GL1AR(AP1lnventP01bllltna,forecasllng ) $59.95 11633 Santa Monica Blvd., W.L.A. 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