5 Pro Baseball Players Convicted Of Crimes

These 5 pro baseball players convicted of crimes have all played for multiple major league baseball teams and had careers spanning over ten years. Proof that the rich and famous can also be convicted, these 5 pro baseball players got arrested for a variety of crimes including, attempted murder, battery, and tax evasion which led to some serving jail time.

  1. Pete Rose. Playing pro baseball from 1963-1986 for Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, Montreal Expos, and Cincinnati Reds, Pete Rose is a pro baseball player convicted of a crime. On April 20, 1990 Pete Rose was convicted of filing false income tax returns in 1985 and 1987 which led to him to be sentenced five months at the United States Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois and fined $50,000. The pro baseball player turned Reds manager was also
    given 1,000 hours of community service at five elementary schools in Cincinnati's inner city and the LeBlond Boys Club.
  2. Darryl Strawberry. Playing pro baseball from 1983-1999 for  New York Mets, Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, and New York Yankees Strawberry got in trouble with the IRS making him another pro baseball player convicted of a crime. In 1995 Strawberry was convicted of tax evasion over income from autographs and memorabilia. During the 1989 and 1990 tax seasons Strawberry paid $430,000 in back taxes, penalties and interest to avoid jail.
  3. Ugueth Urbina. Born in Caracas, Venezuela Ugueth Urbina played pro baseball from 1995-2005 for Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins, Detroit Tigers, and Philadelphia Phillies. On November 7, 2005 Ugueth Urbina was arrested in Venezuela for attempted murder of five workers on his family's ranch. Urbina claims he was sleeping when the incident happened but in 2007 the former pro baseball pitcher was convicted and sentenced to 14 years in prison. Urbina and others attacked the workers with machetes and and poured gasoline on them.
  4. Dwight Gooden. Born November 16, 1964 Dwight Gooden's pro baseball career started at the age of 19 with the New York Mets. Playing with the Mets from 1984-1994 Gooden then played for Cleveland Indians, Houston Astros, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and back to the New York Yankees until his retirement in 2001. This pro baseball player has been convicted of multiple crimes including, driving while intoxicated, driving with an open container of alcohol, driving with a suspended license, misdemeanor battery, DWI with a child passenger, leaving the scene of an accident, and other motor vehicle violations.
  5. Denny McLain. Former baseball pro that played for Detroit Tigers, Washington Senators, Oakland Athletics, and Atlanta Braves until his retirement in 1972. In 1968 Denny McLain become the last major league pitcher of the twentieth century to win 30 or more games during a season, and his other notoriety comes from being a pro baseball player convicted of a crime. During the mid eighties Denny McLain was charged and convicted with federal racketeering charges involving gambling and cocaine which led to him spending 27 months in prison. In 1996 McLain and some associates were convicted of conspiracy, theft, money laundering and mail fraud for looting his bankrupt meat-processing pension fund of $12.5 million which led him to serve six years in the McLean Federal Correctional Institution.

Source: SI Pete Rose

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