(By Thomas Farragher, Globe Staff, 12/12/04)
The buzz had followed him since he was a little boy chasing pop flies and ground balls across the dusty infields of Peabody. Born in the whispers of wide-eyed Little League coaches, it grew louder as the kid with the golden arm collected trophies and championships, banner headlines, and a first-class ticket to Major League Baseball.
(By Thomas Farragher, Globe Staff, 12/13/04)
If there was a shining symbol of Jeff Allison's success, this was it: a maroon Cadillac Escalade he bought in the summer of 2003 after signing a $1.85 million contract with Major League Baseball's Florida Marlins. He was the team's top draft pick and he wanted a rig worthy of a number one.
AUG. 10, 2006: Allison suffers heroin overdose
MARCH 11, 2005: Troubled pitcher Allison still on restricted list
JULY 22, 2004: Peabody star is hospitalized over weekend
JUNE 8, 2004: Allison sheds little light on his departure
MAY 7, 2004: Allison placed on restricted list
JUNE 4, 2003: Marlins scoop up Allison
JUNE 3, 2003: Peabody ace awaiting call