Pittsburgh Pirates players Dave Parker, Dale Berra, Rod Scurry, Lee Mazzilli, Lee Lacy and John Milner, as well as some other MLB stars such as Keith Hernandez, Tim Raines, Vida Blue, Enos Cabell and Lonnie Smith, appeared before a Pittsburgh grand jury in September of 1985. The Pittsburgh Drug Trials, as it was dubbed, made national headlines. Overall, 11 players were suspended.
Is Dave Parker Hall of Fame worthy? Maybe, but many agree that his cocaine problem kept him out enshrinement possibility.
Parker had a fantastic five-year stretch between 1975-79 in right field. He won the MVP award in 1978 with a .334 average, 30 HR and 117 RBI. To go along with his bat, "The Cobra" had one of the strongest throwing arms in his time.
After 1980, his drug demons led to weight gain and injury. He was never the same player.