Questioning History: Why the Entire 1987 Cubs Organization Was Using Steroids

Darren MontgomeryContributor IFebruary 10, 2009

As anyone who hasn't been living under a rock for the last five days, I couldn't help but notice the amount of speculation going around about players in the MLB who have used, played, dealt, or handled Anabolic Steroids, HGH, or any other type of illegal substance.

While in the "Era" of Steroids it seems no Player, Coach, or Trainer is out of bounds for questioning.

Alex Rodriguez and his now forever famous or infamous List of himself, and 103 other players who tested positive for "Performance Enhancing Drugs". 

Bud Selig and the entire Union had the test results and still did nothing about it. Now, six years later, allegedly without A-Rod's knowledge he Failed his drug test and his entire reputation is on the line.  

The other 103 players, 200 coaches, 50 Dealers, 10 Acting MLB Executive's, 5.5 million U.S. Citizen's, and the 10,000 players who have tried successfully or unsuccessfully to cheat while playing or dealing with the game of baseball or any other sport or event in life. 

Whether it was in 2003, or 1987 nobody should be out of bounds for questioning. If Alex Rodriquez doesn't get a fair shake neither does anyone else; Myself included.

With all of that being said I realize there are people that are clean, and who do play by the rules, Hell I've known a lot of them.  I like to believe more Good then Bad but either way whatta ya gonna do.

Here are some Controversial, and Purely Skeptical, reasons why I believe the Entire 1987 Chicago Cubs Roster should be investigated for steroid abuse.


1. Andre "Hawk" Dawson born on a very controversial day—July 10, 1954—the same day as myself and only 29 years prior. Night Hawk signed himself to the Cubs as a Free Agent, he presented GM Dallas Green with a blank signed contract, he was paid only $700,000.

Dawson blasted an amazing and all time Career High 49 Home Runs in '87. Hawk was in year 11 of his 21 year career, none of which he ever came close to amounting the same amount of jacks. Night Hawk only hit more then 30 HRs three times throughout his hall of fame career (83-87-91).


2.  Leon "Bull" Durham, Hit an amazingly career high 27 home runs also that year. Mostly known for his big error in the 1984 NLCS, I believe there is a firm connection to The Bull in '87 and the Juice that was flowing back in not so golden ages of '87. His career ended two years later with 1987 being his biggest home run output.


3. Bobby "Keith" Moreland, Throughout his 12 seasons he averaged 10 Home runs per year, but guess what??  Keith went on to hit an astounding "pre-steroid era" 27 Home runs that year. Two years later his career was also over.


4. Ryan Sandberg and Shawon Dunston's seasons were both cut short due to injury, ultimately causing the Cubs entire master plan to fall apart midseason.



Ready...Rafael Palmeiro...That's Right, Mr. Caught red handed "Not Doing Steroids."  Raffy played in only 84 Games, with only 221 AB'S and a very loud and non-'80s-like 14 Home Runs. 

I believe this may have been the real date in which Mr. Palmerio was introduced to our dirty little friend. Also the Manager of the '87 Cubs was just an important sounding guy—if you know what I mean. Frank Lucchesi sounds like a guy right out of the Godfather and I'm sure the Boss had connections to this type of anabolic thing.


In closing and with all Fairness to the 1987 ('76-'95) Chicago Cubs I believe there should be a Full Scale Media investigation about this.  Linda Cohn please report this story every five to 10 minutes on ESPN.

Please do not give this team a fair chance, nail them to the proverbial cross, and ruin the reputation of these habitual line steppers.

Please let me know what you think about the possibility of the entire '87 Cubs Roster being filled with anabolic rage. 

Also, take this article with an open mind, and a grain of salt. Surprisingly I believe we all know steroids are not a new thing and we may just be afraid to admit it. 

Ask Arnold Schwarzenegger about steroid use in the '70s and '80s . Don't fool yourself into believing this is a problem that just started 10 years ago, or that even players born on the SAME Day as yourself are immune to speculation.