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Ueberroth to 'Take Action' on Drug Users

October 07, 1985|Associated Press

NEW YORK — Baseball Commissioner Peter Ueberroth says he is "going to take action" in the near future against baseball players who have recently admitted taking drugs.

"I'm not going to pre-publicize it, but I'm going to look at all the information, I'm going to meet with each one and I'm going to look at them eyeball-to-eyeball, and the detrimental effect this has had on baseball," Ueberroth said.

Ueberroth made his remarks during an interview telecast Sunday night on CBS' "60 Minutes."

Ueberroth made his comments in response to urging by newspaper columnist Dick Young to take action against such players as Cincinnati's Dave Parker and Keith Hernandez of the New York Mets, who recently admitted during a federal trial Pittsburgh that they have used cocaine.

However, while taking steps against drug-users in major league baseball, Ueberroth indicated he would not be harsh in his judgments. When Young suggested that such players be thrown out of baseball "the first time they take it (drugs)," Ueberroth said, "it's not practical in society. It wouldn't work."

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