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The Way We Were

Baseball Ruled When Cocaine Was King

Back when the Pittsburgh Pirates were world champs, they smoked in the dugout and snorted cocaine at post-game parties. Dave Parker (pictured) was one of the team’s big personalities of the time, surrounded by as much lore as teammate Dock Ellis: “In the early 1970s, as a member of the Pirates AAA minor league ball team Charleston (WV) Charlies, Parker…

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Cultural Notebook

The Psychedelia, Redemption of Baseball Iconoclast Dock Ellis

Though he was an accomplished all-star pitcher, Ellis had a reputation on and off the field as a shit-talker who thrived on the adversarial relationship between pitcher and batter. As a result, his reputation preceded him — often playing out in vivid drama each time he took the mound.

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