Rod Scurry, 36, the former pitcher whose major league...

DEATHS ELSEWHERE

November 06, 1992

Rod Scurry, 36, the former pitcher whose major league career was shortened by drug abuse, died yesterday, a week after he collapsed as deputies were trying to handcuff him in Reno, Nev. The deputies were called to Mr. Scurry's home Oct. 29 by neighbors who reported he was acting strangely. The deputies said they found him outside complaining that snakes were biting and crawling on him. When they tried to put handcuffs and leg restraints on him, the deputies said, Mr. Scurry put up a struggle, then collapsed. He had been hospitalized on a life-support system since the incident. Autopsy results were pending. Mr. Scurry was the Pittsburgh Pirates' No. 1 draft pick ++ in 1974, the same year he led the Hug High School baseball team in Reno to a state championship. During eight years in the majors, he pitched for the Pirates, New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners. A day after the Mariners released him in 1988, ++ he was arrested on charges of buying cocaine at a Reno crack house. He was given a one-year suspended sentence and placed on 18 months' probation. Baseball officials ordered Mr. Scurry in 1986 to undergo random drug tests for the rest of his career because of previous use.

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