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The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven Audiobook

The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven: How a Ragtag Group of Fans Took the Fall for Major League Baseball

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Eerily prescient of times to come, this expos examines drug use in Major League Baseball (MLB)during the mid-1980s and one of the biggest drug trials in baseball history. Through a series of exclusive interviews with FBI agents, U.S. attorneys, defense lawyers, journalists, former baseball executives, physicians, and the dealers themselves, the narrative provides a behind-the-scenes look into how the players managed their habits, the effect of the drugs on their athletic performance, and the ruses the players concocted to keep their drug consumption from becoming public knowledge.

Among the all-stars implicated as cocaine users were Joaquin Andujar, Dusty Baker, Dale Berra, Keith Hernandez, Lee Mazzilli, John Milner, Dave Parker, and Lonnie Smith, while Willie Mays and Willie Stargell were fingered as amphetamine users.

In addition to identifying the players involved, this account reveals how the hapless group of mostly diehard Pittsburgh Pirates fans got into cocaine and connected with the players as well as the often comic deals” that eventually got them busted. Then MLB Commissioner Peter Ueberroth'sfailure to implement a strict drug policy in the aftermath of the trial is also discussed, along with the role this inaction played in enabling the steroid era.

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    Thomas 03-18-17
    Thomas 03-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    narrator mispronounced a lot of names. people.and places that i thonl he should have known.


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    Amazon Customer 02-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Get a Narrator That Knows Baseball"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Well-written book about an important part of baseball history that doesn't get talked about today as much as it should.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Mispronunciations are riddled throughout, so much so it starts to get funny after a while:

    Yastrzemski: A Hall of Famer that even casual baseball fans have heard of; also the type of name that maybe you ask someone about if you're unsure about how to pronounce it.

    Kuhn: He picks the mispronunciation that sounds the most like a naughty word, and he says it a lot.

    Joaquin (as in Andujar): Just a normal Spanish first name that you don't have to be a baseball person at all to be aware of. Weirdest part? He gets it right one time. He mispronounces it several times early, gets it right once, then starts mispronouncing it again.

    Duquesne University: Also not baseball related, just a famous place. Like Yasterzemski, if you haven't seen the word before, maybe ask someone...

    Is there seriously no one, at any stage of this production from narration to publication, that's heard of Carl Yastrzemski?


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    cthoops03 07-30-15
    cthoops03 07-30-15
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    "Well written with terrible narration"
    What did you like best about The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven? What did you like least?

    The author does an outstanding job of describing the story from all angles.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The variety of emotion each member of the scandal can be viewed. It ranged from sad to perplexing to hopeful. He left no stone un-turned and the story was great for it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of DeMario Clarke’s performances?

    No. I actually feel bad for the author. DeMario absolutely butchered the names of some of the key players in the story. Donald Fehr is pronounced Donald Furr. Bowie Kuehn is pronounced Bowieee Cun, not to mention Yaz, and countless other names. Oh, and wait until you hear him pronounce Duquesne University. It definitely adds another layer of humor.
    I know sports names aren't easy, but if you put your voice on the line to narrate a story you need to do homework on how to pronounce these names. It almost ruined a well written story


    Do you think The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No. The story was wrapped up perfectly


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    NJ Nittany Manalapan, NJ 08-28-14
    NJ Nittany Manalapan, NJ 08-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Good Story, Awful Narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great for the Pittsburgh Sports fan.


    Would you be willing to try another one of DeMario Clarke’s performances?

    NO - I can't understand if the butchering of common sports names and places is the narrator's or producer's fault. Routinely butchered - Bowie Kuhn - (pronounced KUN), Houlihan's is mispronounced - countless others that I can't remember at the moment.


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