Carbo Ordered Keith Hernandez’s ‘Arms Broken’

In a recent ESPN Outside The Lines interview, 1975 Boston Red Sox World Series hero Bernie Carbo claimed that he tried to have Keith Hernandez’s “arms broken” a decade after his W.S. heroics.

Bernie Carbo and Keith Hernandez

On Sept. 6, 1985, Hernandez said under oath in a Pittsburgh courtroom that Carbo had first introduced him to cocaine.

Carbo’s response to Hernandez’s testimony:

I knew some people, and I had $2,000, and I asked them to break his arms. He said, ‘We’ll do it in two or three years if you want it done, but we’re not going to do it today, Bernie. If we went and broke his legs today, or broke his arms, you don’t think they would understand that you are the one that had it done?

There’s no follow on why those “people” never carried out Carbo’s order. Though from Carbo’s description of his atonishing level of drug use, it shouldn’t come as a surprise.


I was addicted to the point where I couldn’t play without the drugs. Nobody did as many drugs as I did. I was taking mescaline. I was taking cocaine. Crystal meth. Smoking dope and taking pills and drinking. I felt that even though I hit this home run and I reached a place in my life that I dreamed about, it didn’t bring me any happiness.

Last month Carbo told the BOSTON GLOBE that he was given “vitamins” by Cincinnati Reds trainers in the ’70s that turned out to be speed.

As we excoriate MLBers for taking PEDs, Carbo’s account makes you wonder potentially how many current baseball Hall of Famers were taking hard drugs as PEDs in the years before more sophisticated PEDs and the accompanying drug testing.

We know now that Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter while on LSD, so why not a bump of coke before an at-bat?

Nothing would surprise me. Doesn’t matter the era, players will always try to game the game however they can. From Carbo’s account, we now know hard drugs included.