Doylestown Daily Intelligencer - November 23, 1980

State Charges Doctor In Phony Drug Deal

 

By the Associated Press

 

HARRISBURG (AP) - State drug agents charged a Reading doctor on Friday with using the. names of five players on the Philadelphia Phillies to illegally prescribe drugs.

 

Dr. Patrick Mazza, 56, was accused of prescribing amphetamines by using the names of Steve Carlton, Greg Luzinski and his wife Jean, Pete Rose, Randy Lerch, Larry Christenson, former player Tim McCarver and Sheena Bowa, wife of Larry Bowa. None of the players and wives was charged, said Attorney General Harvey Bartie III.

 

"There is no evidence indicating any participation by the players -in the illegal conduct." said state Justice Department spokesman Stepnan Rosenfeld.

 

The players and the wives told state investigators that they never were treated by Mazza and never received the prescriptions that he allegedly wrote, Bartle said in a statement.

 

The drug story first emerged last summer, when the Phillies were battling for the National League baseball pennant. The Trenton, N.J., Times said in a copyright story that state narcotics officials wanted to question some Phillies and members of their Reading farm club concerning alleged illegal prescriptions.

 

Several Phillies players hotly denied that they were tied to any criminal activity. Third baseman Mike Schmidt, mentioned in the newspaper account, called the report "totally ridiculous." and first baseman Rose said the only doctors he knew in Pennsylvania were the team physicians for the Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

In a statement Friday afternoon, Phillies executive vice-president William Giles said the team has "not received any information from the authorities on the matter, and until we do, we have no comment, except that a thorough investigation into the matter was held last summer and all Philadelphia Phillies players were found to have no involvement in the matter whatsoever."

 

Besides Mazza, Robert L. Masley, 54, of Reading, and his son. Robert M. Masley, 24, also of Reading, were charged in the case. They were accused of taking the prescriptions to four Reading pharmacies, having them filled and receiving the drugs, Bartle said.

 

In all, Mazza is charged with illegally writing 23 prescriptions that totaled 2,630 dosage units of various amphetamine compounds, Bartle said.

 

A routine check of pharmacy files in Reading was the key to the charges, said Richard Weatherbee, director of Pennsylvania's Drug Law Enforcement office

 

That check found that the drugs Dexamyl. Dexednne, Eskatrol and Preludui had been written in the names of Philadelphia Phillies players.

 

 

Mazza could not be reached for comment.