One of the seven men charged in a federal grand jury investigation of drug trafficking is accused of selling cocaine on every date the Pittsburgh Pirates played at home in 1983, a study of the charges shows.
In all, the 165-count indictment against the men alleged 113 violations on dates that coincided with days the Pirates played at Three Rivers Stadium. No ballplayers were named in the indictments, which were handed up May 30 following a 14-month investigation during which more than a dozen players -- most under immunity -- were called to testify.
Of the 111 counts against Dale Martin Shiffman, 33, of Pittsburgh, 106 charge him with possession with intent to distribute cocaine. Seventy-nine of those violations allegedly occurred in 1983, and a check of dates on the indictment matched days when the Pirates were at home. The first alleged violation is April 12, which was the Pirates' season home opener against St. Louis . . .
A committee of doctors will meet Monday in New York to determine the playing future of San Diego Padres second baseman Alan Wiggins, who recently completed a month-long drug rehabilitation program.
Wiggins is on the Padres' supplemental rehabilitation list, but his agent, Tony Attanasio, says Wiggins is fit and ready to resume his career.
The Padres, however, have banished Wiggins from the squad for the remainder of the season, an apparent violation of last year's joint drug agreement. The agreement between baseball owners and the Major League Players Association prohibits a club from taking punitive action against a player who voluntarily seeks therapy for a drug problem. Because the Padres are barring Wiggins from rejoining the team, his case must be determined by the Joint Review Committee . . .
Former Utah Jazz basketball player John Drew was ordered to enter a drug rehabilitation program after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor charge of issuing bad checks.