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30 for 30 Shorts: The Pittsburgh Drug Trials

Our latest film, directed by Michael Jacobs, tells the story of how a cross-cultural scourge bled into the national pastime and made the front page of every paper in the country

Welcome back to our 30 for 30 documentary short series.

Pittsburgh was the center of the sports world in 1979, home to the Super Bowl champion Steelers and the World Series champion Pirates. The Pirates and their rallying cry of “We Are Family” brought a renewed sense of pride to the city. But as it turned out, the family was dangerously dysfunctional, with many members succumbing to the temptation of cocaine and dragging baseball into a nationwide scandal. This film revisits that era and paints a picture of how, by 1985, easy drugs and fast nights brought the national pastime from the diamond to a federal courtroom.

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