Showing posts with label Cocaine. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Cocaine. Show all posts

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Oil Can Boyd admits to cocaine use in his new book

Dennis "Oil Can" Boyd (l.) with Warren Cromartie (r.) at the 2012 Joe DiMaggio Legends Game / N. Diunte

The 52-year-old right-hander is still active in baseball circles, participating in numerous fantasy camps and old-timers games, while running a baseball school in Rhode Island.

"Oil Can," further describes his struggles with cocaine and alcohol in his upcoming book, They Call Me Oil Can: My Life in Baseball, which will be released by Triumph Books in June.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Reggie Jackson and his 1986 PSA video against cocaine

A quick search of Youtube unearthed former New York Yankee great and Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson appearing in a 1986 public service announcement citing the dangers of using cocaine.

Photo by Rubenstein
The series of PSA's were part of Major League Baseball's cleanup efforts after the 1985 Pittsburgh Drug Trials, where 11 players were suspended for their cocaine use. That list included current New York Mets announcer Keith Hernandez. More detail on the scandal is given in the book "The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven". While the ad may seem cheesy, Reggie was just trying to kick "the real truth" about cocaine and help MLB refresh its public image.