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Darrell Ray Porter (January 17, 1952August 5, 2002) was an American catcher in Major League Baseball, and one of the first American professional athletes to publicly admit he had a problem with substance abuse. January 17 is the 17th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a [[leap year starting on Tueday] (link will take you to calendar). ... August 5 is the 217th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (218th in leap years), with 148 days remaining. ... 2002 (MMII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The position of the catcher Catcher is also a general term for a fielder who catches the ball in cricket. ... Major League Baseball (MLB) is the highest level of play in professional baseball in the world. ... Substance abuse refers to the overindulgence in and dependence on a stimulant, depressant, or other chemical substance, leading to effects that are detrimental to the individuals physical or mental health, or the welfare of others. ...

Born in Joplin, Missouri, Porter made his debut on September 2, 1971 with the Milwaukee Brewers at age 19. He was selected to the American League All-Star team in 1974, but had his best years after he was traded in 1976 to the Kansas City Royals, where he was selected to the All-Star team four times and in 1979 became only the second catcher in history (after Mickey Cochrane) to have 100 walks, runs, and RBIs in a single season. In addition, he led the league in percentage of baserunners thrown out. He became a fan favorite for his intensity; teammate George Brett once said of Porter, "Darrell always played like it was the seventh game of the World Series." Joplin is a city located in parts of southern Jasper County and northern Newton County in the southwestern corner of Missouri. ... September 2 is the 245th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (246th in leap years). ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 31 - The new Special Veterans Committee selects seven men for enshrinement to the Hall of Fame: former players Dave Bancroft, Jake Beckley, Chick Hafey, Harry Hooper, Joe Kelley, Rube Marquard, and executive George Weiss. ... Major league affiliations National League (1998-present) Central Division (1998-present) American League (1969-1997) Central Division (1994-1997) East Division (1972-1993) West Division (1969-1971) Major league titles World Series titles (0) None NL Pennants (0) None AL Pennants (1) 1982 Central Division titles (0) None AL East... The American League (or formally the American League of Professional Baseball Clubs) is one of two leagues that make up Major League Baseball in the United States of America and Canada. ... The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also popularly known as the Midsummer Classic, is an annual exhibition baseball game between players from the National League and the American League, currently selected by fan vote for the position players and by the manager for pitchers. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 16 - The Baseball Writers Association of America elects former New York Yankees teammates Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford to the Hall of Fame. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 14 - Ted Turner completes the purchase of 100 percent of the Atlanta Braves. ... Major league affiliations American League (1969-present) Central Division (1994-present) West Division (1969-1993) Major league titles World Series titles (1) 1985 AL Pennants (2) 1985 â€¢ 1980 Central Division titles (0) None West Division titles (6) [1] 1985 â€¢ 1984 â€¢ 1980 â€¢ 1978 1977 â€¢ 1976 Wild card berths (0) None [1... The following are the events of the year 1979 that happened world-wide throughout the sport of baseball. ... Gordon Stanley Mickey Cochrane (April 6, 1903-June 28, 1962) was a Scottish-American catcher and manager in Major League Baseball for the Philadelphia Athletics and Detroit Tigers. ... In baseball statistics, a base on balls (BB), also called a walk, is used in baseball to track the performance of pitchers and batters. ... In baseball, a run is scored when a player advances safely around all three bases and returns safely to home plate. ... In baseball statistics, a run batted in (RBI) is given to a batter for each run scored as the result of a batters plate appearance. ... Brett batting George Howard Brett (born May 15, 1953 in Glen Dale, West Virginia) is a former American baseball player. ... The World Series is the championship series of Major League Baseball in the United States and Canada, the culmination of the sports postseason each October. ...

Porter told the Associated Press that during the winter of 1979-1980, he became paranoid, convinced that baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn, known to be tough on drug use, knew about his drug abuse, was trying to sneak into his house, and planned to ban him from baseball for life. Porter found himself sitting up at night in the dark watching out the front window, waiting for Kuhn to approach, clutching billiard balls and a shotgun. Associated Press logo This article concerns the news service. ... This article is currently under construction // This year in baseball Events January 9 - Al Kaline and Duke Snider are elected to the Hall of Fame by the Baseball Writers Association of America. ... In popular culture, the term paranoia is usually used to describe excessive concern about ones own well-being, sometimes suggesting a person holds persecutory beliefs concerning a threat to themselves or their property and is often linked to a belief in conspiracy theories. ... Bowie Kent Kuhn (born October 28, 1926 in Takoma Park, Maryland) was commissioner of Major League Baseball from February 4, 1969 to September 30, 1984. ...

During spring training in 1980, former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Don Newcombe paid a visit to the Kansas City clubhouse. He asked the players 10 questions, and said if you answered yes to three or more of the questions, you might have a problem with drugs or alcohol. Porter answered yes to all 10 questions and checked himself into a rehabilitation center, admitting he had abused alcohol, cocaine, Quaaludes, and marijuana. Major league affiliations National League (1890-present) West Division (1969-present) American Association (1884-1889) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 1988 â€¢ 1981 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1963 1959 â€¢ 1955 NL Pennants (21) 1988 â€¢ 1981 â€¢ 1978 â€¢ 1977 1974 â€¢ 1966 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1963 1959 â€¢ 1956 â€¢ 1955 â€¢ 1953 1952 â€¢ 1949 â€¢ 1947 â€¢ 1941 1920 â€¢ 1916 â€¢ 1900... Donald Newcombe (born June 14, 1926 in Madison, New Jersey), nicknamed Newk, is an American former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher and left-handed batter who played for the Dodgers teams (Brooklyn, 1949-51, and Los Angeles, 1954-58), Cincinnati Reds (1958-60) and Cleveland Indians (1960). ... In general usage, alcohol (from Arabic al-kukhÅ«l الكحول = the spirit, the chemical.) refers almost always to ethanol, also known as grain alcohol, and often to any beverage that contains ethanol (see alcoholic beverage). ... This article is about the drug Cocaine. ... Methaqualone1 is an addictive, sedative drug. ... Species Cannabis indica Cannabis ruderalis Cannabis sativa Cannabis is a genus of flowering plant that includes one or more species. ...

After checking in to the rehab center, Porter became a born-again Christian, married, and became a spokesman for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; but his production on the field declined, never again approaching his 1979 levels. He went on to play in three World Series, in 1980 with the Royals and in 1982 and 1985 with the St. Louis Cardinals, winning the World Series MVP Award in 1982. After the 1985 season, the Cardinals released him, and he wound up his career with two seasons with the Texas Rangers as a part-time player, ending with a career batting average of .247 with 188 home runs and 826 RBIs in 17 major league seasons. Born again is a term used originally and mainly in Christianity, where it is associated with salvation, conversion and spiritual rebirth. ... Mission The Fellowship of Christian Athletes is a not-for-profit organization that has been based in Kansas City, Missouri since 1956. ... 1980 World Series Logo The 1980 World Series matched the Philadelphia Phillies against the Kansas City Royals, with the Phillies winning in six games to capture the first World Series title in franchise history. ... 1982 World Series Logo The 1982 World Series matched the St. ... 1985 World Series Logo The 1985 World Series, popularly known as the Show-Me Series and the I-70 Series, pitted the National League champion St. ... Major league affiliations National League (1892-present) Central Division (1994-present) Eastern Division (1969-1993) American Association (1882-1891) Major league titles World Series titles (9) 1982 â€¢1967 â€¢ 1964 â€¢ 1946 1944 â€¢ 1942 â€¢ 1934 â€¢ 1931 1926 NL Pennants (16) 2004 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1985 â€¢ 1982 1968 â€¢ 1967 â€¢ 1964 â€¢ 1946 1944 â€¢ 1943 â€¢ 1942 â€¢ 1934... The World Series MVP Award is given to the player who most contributes to his teams success in the World Series. ... The Texas Rangers are a Major League Baseball team based in Arlington, Texas, a suburb in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. ...

In 1984, Porter wrote an autobiography titled Snap Me Perfect!, in which he detailed his life in baseball and his struggles with substance abuse. 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) is a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

Porter dabbled in broadcasting late in his life. But, on August 5, 2002, he left home, saying he was going to buy a newspaper and go to the park. He was found dead in Sugar Creek, Missouri outside his vehicle that evening. A autopsy said he had died of "toxic effects of cocaine"; the level of cocaine in his system, consistent with recreational use, induced a condition called excited delirium that caused his heart to stop. He was 50 years old. Sugar Creek is a city located in Jackson and Clay County, Missouri. ...

Porter was also notable for being one of the few major league catchers of his time to wear eyeglasses behind the plate, at a time when most players needing vision correction were using contact lenses.

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