Heroes to Zeros: Baseball's World Series Mug Shot Hall of Shame

Police Booking Photos of Baseball Players
Baseball Mug Shots. Police Booking Photos

No one knows how easy it can be to go from hero to zero than a professional athlete. Some of baseball's greatest moments have come in the World Series, yet some of the very people who have played on that grand stage have also known a different kind of fame: criminal notoriety.

That's right, some of the best players on the best teams have shared the spotlight of October baseball, while also sitting under a different kind of light down at police headquarters.

So forget photo day. Presented in alphabetical order, here are the images you won't see on a baseball card: the police photos of baseball's accused and convicted criminals in our special World Series edition of the Mug Shot Hall of Shame.

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Wally Backman: Manager for Four Days

Wally Backman Mug Shot
Wally Backman Mug Shot. Police Booking Photo

Wally Backman hit .333 and scored four runs in the 1986 World Series as the New York Mets beat the Boston Red Sox. The 1986 Series saw the Sox come within one out of their first title since 1918, only to see that opportunity slip between the legs of Bill Buckner in the form of a softly hit ball from Mookie Wilson.

Backman played until 1993, and on Nov. 1, 2004 was hired to manage the Arizona Diamondbacks. Four days later, he was fired as his own ghosts came out to haunt him: Backman had been arrested in 2000 on DWI charges, and again in 2001 on charges of assaulting his wife.

Backman was ultimately convicted of driving under the influence, and pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment. Backman has also declared bankruptcy.

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The Tragic Tale of Ken Caminiti

Ken Caminiti Mug Shot
Ken Caminiti Mug Shot. Police booking photo

Ken Caminiti had everything a ballplayer could want: three Gold Gloves, three All-Star Game appearances, an MVP award and, in 1998, a World Series appearance. He went 2-for-14 for a .143 average as his Padres were swept by the New York Yankees, and a few years later, his life fell apart.

Caminiti admitted in 2002 that he had used steroids during the 1996 season, when he won his Most Valuable Player award, and beyond. And the drug and alcohol problems he battled throughout his career would only get worse after his retirement.

He was arrested in 2001 for cocaine possession, and tested positive for the drug at least four times afterward. In 2004, he died of an apparent drug overdose in New York City.

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The Godfather of Steroids: Jose Canseco's Arrest Record

Jose Canseco Mug Shot
Jose Canseco Mug Shot. Police Booking Photo

Jose Canseco had as colorful a career as any ballplayer: he won the Rookie of the Year Award in 1986, Most Valuable Player in 1988 and was a six-time All-Star. He was the first ballplayer to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases in the same season. He also once let a ball bounce off his head and over the wall in the outfield for a home run.

Canseco played in the World Series four times: three with the Oakland A's, and once with the New York Yankees. He was on the winning side twice, and hit .357 with a .500 OBP in the 1989 World Series as the A's topped the San Francisco Giants.

But none of that is what Canseco will be remembered for most. Canseco was a devout believer in the power of steroids to make a better athlete — regardless of the rules. In books, he documented his use of drugs, as well as the players he introduced to them.

And he's been in trouble with the law a few times. He's been arrested in connection with domestic violence and bringing drugs over the border. This image appears to be related to a speeding incident in the early 1980s.

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Joba Breaks the Rules

Joba Chamberlain
Joba Chamberlain. Police Booking Photo

Joba Chamberlain broke into the majors under a set of rules intended to save him from arm injury, "The Joba Rules." Now, he's finding out that other rules apply to him as well.

World Series history is still being written for this Yankees pitcher, who has just reached his first Fall Classic as the Yankees take on the Phillies.

But in 2008, he and his team missed the playoffs entirely — setting the stage for a different kind of fall. Joba was arrested in his home state of Nebraska on suspicion of DWI, and ultimately pleaded guilty to drunk driving. During his stop, police dashboard video showed Chamberlain insulting New Yorkers and Yankees icon Yogi Berra. He was sentenced to probation.

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Dwight Doc Gooden: A Career of Highs and Lows

Dwight Gooden Mug Shots
Dwight Gooden Mug Shots. Police Booking Photo

When Dwight "Doc" Gooden broke into the majors with the New York Mets he had Cooperstown written all over him. In his first five seasons in the Bigs, he went 91-35 with a Cy Young award and World Series championship. By the time his career was over, he was known as much for his troubles with the law as his talents on the mound.

Although he pitched in only one World Series, Gooden was on three championship teams: the 1986 Mets, and the 1996 and 2000 New York Yankees.

Gooden had trouble with drug abuse and has been in and out of rehab over the years. He has also been arrested for assaulting a police officer, drinking and driving, driving with a suspended license, domestic violence and parole violations.

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Tony LaRussa: Asleep at the Wheel

Tony LaRussa Mug Shot
Tony LaRussa Mug Shot. Police Booking Photo

No one's ever accused Tony LaRussa of being asleep at the wheel. The longtime baseball manager has a reputation as a man who doesn't miss a thing. Although he never reached the Fall Classic as a player, he's led five teams to the World Series, winning it all twice, once in each league: the 1989 Oakland A's and the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals.

But his World Series rings didn't count for much when police found him sitting at a green traffic light in Jupiter, Florida... asleep. LaRussa eventually pleaded guilty to driving under the influence and agreed to serve at least six months' probation, pay a $678.50 fine along with 50 hours of community service and a trip through DUI school.

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Jim Leyritz: "The King" Accused in Fatal Crash

Jim Leyritz Mug Shot
Jim Leyritz Mug Shot. Police Booking Photo

Jim Leyrtiz hit one of the most memorable World Series home runs in New York Yankees history, but now, he's persona non grata — and as the 2009 post season began, he was seen at a folding table across the street from Yankee Stadium charging $5 for a photo.

Leyritz appeared in three World Series overall, hitting a home run that turned the tide of the 1996 Classic in favor of the New York Yankees. He also hit the final home run of the 20th century during the 1999 Series.

But in 2007, Leyritz was charged with vehicular homicide in Florida. Police say both drivers were drunk, and that Leyritz was also driving with a suspended license.

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Brett Myers Accused of Wife Beating

Brett Myers Mug Shot
Brett Myers Mug Shot. Police Booking Photo

Brett Myers is the only Phillies pitcher to lose a game in the 2008 World Series against the Tampa Rays. He's also the only 2009 Philadelphia ballplayer in our World Series Mug Shot Hall of Shame.

Myers was arrested in Boston in 2006. Police say his wife was crying with a swollen face, and said witnesses told them he hit her and pulled her hair.

Later, Kim Myers told authorities that both had been drinking, there was no fight, and persuaded them to drop the charges. The two have been in marriage counseling, according to MSNBC.

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Kirby Puckett: The Fall of a Minnesota Twins Icon

Kirby Puckett Mug Shot
Kirby Puckett Mug Shot. Police Booking Photo

Ten-time All-Star Kirby Puckett was also a two-time World Series champion, and the hero of Game 6 of the 1991 World Series against the Atlanta Braves — remembered as one of the best match-ups of all time.

But after his retirement, the Hall-of-Famer began to draw a different kind of attention. His ex-wife told police he threatened to kill her, and told Sports Illustrated that he tried to strangle her, had locked her in the basement and even held a gun to her head.

Puckett was also accused of groping a woman in a restaurant bathroom, leading to this mug shot. Although he beat the charges, Puckett's reputation never recovered.

Puckett died after suffering a stroke in 2006.

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Kenny Rogers: The Gambler Arrested in Cameraman Attack

Kenny Rogers Mug Shot
Kenny Rogers Mug Shot. Police Booking Photo

Kenny Rogers has appeared in two World Series — winning despite a poor performance with the 1996 Yankees, and losing despite a strong performance with the 2006 Detroit Tigers.

But baseball's Gambler will forever be known for a bizarre tirade caught on tape in 2005, when he was on the Texas Rangers. Rogers, who apparently didn't want to be filmed, shoved two cameramen and then kicked the camera. He was later charged with misdemeanor assault.

Rogers was fined, briefly suspended from baseball and completed an anger management course. He was also sued by one of the cameramen.

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Deion Sanders: No Fishin' for Two-Sport Star

Deion Sanders Mug Shot
Deion Sanders Mug Shot. Police Booking Photo

Deion Sanders was a certified star in baseball and football. He's the only man to play in both the Super Bowl and World Series. In the 1992 World Series, he was a one-man base-running machine: He his .533 (8 for 15) with two walks, two doubles, five stolen bases, and four runs scored.

He's also had some run-ins with the law. This photo comes from a 1996 incident when he was arrested for trespassing. Sanders, who was with the Dallas Cowboys at the time, was found fishing at a Florida airport, on property owned by the airport. Police say he ignored both "no trespassing" and "private property" signs.

He was also arrested in 1994 while with the Cincinnati Reds for failing to provide a driver's license and resisting arrest after an altercation with a security guard at Riverfront Stadium.

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Darryl Strawberry: Troubled Times for Talented Slugger

Darryl Strawberry Mug Shot
Darryl Strawberry Mug Shot. Police Booking Photo

Scouts who saw young Darryl Strawberry were convinced they were witnessing the birth of a future legend. Although Strawberry would ultimately play in three World Series (1986, 1996 and 1999), he fell far short of his potential after fighting off problems with drugs and money.

Over the years, Strawberry has been charged with drug possession, soliciting sex, disappearing from his house arrest, violating probation, failure to pay child support, and failure to pay income tax.

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Dontrelle Willis in DUI Bust

Dontrelle Willis Mug Shot
Dontrelle Willis Mug Shot. Police Booking Photo

Dontrelle Willis earned a World Series ring as a member of the 2003 Florida Marlins team that stunned the New York Yankees.

He also earned a DUI arrest in 2006 in Florida. Police confronted him after he double-parked his Bentley, and noted that he appeared confused and had watery eyes, slurred speech. He later pleaded guilty to reckless driving.

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Honorable Mentions: From Manny Ramirez to Dave Stewart

Some people get arrested, but somehow avoid seeing their mugshot posted everywhere. Two World Series MVPs fall into this category: Dave Stewart and Manny Ramirez.

Dave Stewart had a few run-ins with the law, but the most notorious incident occurred in Los Angeles in 1985, while Stewart was a member of the Texas Rangers.

Stewart was caught with a 6'3" prostitute named Lucille who turned out to be a cross-dresser. Stewart said he didn't know "Lucille" was a man (whose real name is Elson Tyler).

Stewart, who appeared in five World Series, was the MVP in 1989 as the Oakland A's beat the San Francisco Giants.

Manny Ramirez was arrested with much less fanfare in the shadow of Yankee Stadium during his 1994 rookie season with the Cleveland Indians. During the baseball strike, Ramirez returned to his home neighborhood of Washington Heights, where police say he was driving erratically and had a blood-alcohol level of .07, which was considered "impaired."

According to an Associated Press report, arresting officer Steven Goetz said Ramirez "mentioned something about playing in Yankee Stadium and hitting a home run. But I'd never heard of the guy."

Ramirez's girlfriend went to her apartment to get his baseball card in an effort to prove his story, according to the report.

Ramirez, who appeared in two World Series while with the Boston Red Sox, was MVP in 2004 as the Sox defeated the St. Louis Cardinals.

A few other honorable mentions: Todd Stottlemyre, who appeared in the 1992 and 1993 Fall Classics as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays, was arrested with Stewart after an altercation with police outside a Tampa nightclub. Luis Polonia, who appeared in the 1988, 1995, 1996 and 2000 World Series with the A's, Braves and Yankees, was famously arrested after being accused of having sex with a 15-year-old girl. He served 60 days in jail.