SAN JOSE BEES 1986
The Bees were one of the last independent teams in minor league baseball,. The 1986 team was immortalized by Rolling Stone Magazine as lowlifes that spent their meager paychecks on drugs, booze, and prostitutes. Aside from several young Japanese players, the rest were disgraced former major leaguers, the majority of which were blacklisted from the big leagues for substance abuse many of whom lived in nearby flophouses and even on mattresses in the stadium's clubhouse. The team's most notable player was the tragic Steve Howe. A great pitcher, Howe had been Rookie of the Year in 1980, a World Series Champion, and an All-Star in 1982. After multiple suspensions for alcohol and cocaine abuse, Howe ended up with the Bees in 1986, going 3-2 with a 1.47 ERA. By the following year Howe would find himself back in the bigs seemed to have his life together.