Mel Hall mistaken for drug lord

September 21, 1991

U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency officials detained Mel Hall of the New York Yankees yesterday because they thought he was a drug lord, the outfielder said.

Hall, 31, went home to visit his family in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on his day off Thursday. When he arrived at Boston's Logan International Airport about 3:15 p.m., he was stopped by DEA agents.

Hall said when he got of the plane, he "didn't have any luggage and was rushing" to get to his hotel before the game. Hall said the agents searched a carry-on bag and found his New York Yankees' identification.

"He was the first one off the plane, and I guess he bumped into a couple of people in his rush," DEA spokesman Stephen Morreale said. "They identified themselves, asked to talk, and he immediately identified himself as Hall. . . . It took no more than 30 seconds."

"They told me they were sorry," he said. "They drove me to the hotel with a sniff dog in the back seat."

The agents told Hall they detained him because he "resembled a drug lord," he said.

* RED SOX: Wade Boggs, bidding for a sixth American League batting championship, was sidelined with a painful right shoulder.

Boggs received a cortisone shot after reporting that he was unable to sleep most of Thursday night. He is thought to have hurt the shoulder fielding a ball against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday or Wednesday.

* RANGERS: Bobby Witt, bothered by pain in his right elbow, was examined, and Texas said he has been scheduled for arthroscopic surgery next week to shave a bone spur.

Dr. Mike Mycoskie, the Texas team physician, said he didn't think the pitcher had any bone chips.

He missed part of the season after tests showed a slight rotator cuff tear in his shoulder. The injury did not require surgery, but Witt was ineffective when he returned to the rotation.

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