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The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven by Aaron Skirboll

The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven by Aaron Skirboll

I wanted to like this book. I actually wanted to love this book. But ultimately I was let down. The Pittsburgh Cocaine Seven by Aaron Skirboll is a book that, like a biography of Dave Parker, has been practically begging to be written. Skirboll wrote it and did a credible job. However, he could've done a lot more with it. This reminds me of someone who was writing a term paper on a tight deadline. Some obvious connections were left out and the result is a good story that is only partially told.

If that sounds harsh, I don't mean to be quite so critical. In fact, I would encourage everyone and anyone who loves baseball to go out and purchase this book because quite simply this tale has not been told in full before in print. Skirboll does a very good job piecing together the story of the the jock sniffers - Dale Shiffman, Kevin Koch, Curtis Strong and four others - who wind up providing cocaine to various players throughout the league. Koch was the first Pirate Parrot. Shiffman was his ...

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