Special Report

Famous Athletes Who Ended Up In Prison

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Vida Blue
> Team(s): Oakland A’s, Kansas City Royals
> Convicted of: Drug possession
> Arrested in: 1983
> Sentence: 1 year

Vida Blue was one of the most lauded pitchers of his day, making six All-Star teams, winning a Cy Young and AL MVP, and helping the Oakland A’s win three straight World Series titles from 1972 to 1974. But Blue, along with three other teammates on the Kansas City Royals, was caught up in a 1983 cocaine bust. He was caught with a tenth of an ounce of the drug and received a one-year sentence, nine months of which was suspended. Despite his sparkling career statistics and accomplishments, Blue has not been inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame, leading some to speculate whether his involvement with drugs is keeping him out of Cooperstown.