Bernie Carbo, 1978
One of baseball’s biggest stoners was Bernie Carbo, a designated hitter from Detroit who played on the totally drugged-out Red Sox team of the mid-1970s. Carbo was a real character, traveling with a stuffed gorilla named Mighty Joe Young and once holding up a game against the Yankees for ten minutes so he could find a plug of chewing tobacco that fell out of his mouth.
Naturally, Bernie was bonged out of his gourd for most of his career, including when he hit the three-run homer that helped the Sox tie up the 1975 World Series at 3-3. But the best drug event in Bernie Carbo’s career was in 1978 when new Red Sox ownership hired a detective to find proof of his drug use and after just a day on the job caught him throwing baseballs into the stands for fans in exchange for baggies of marijuana.