On Monday, July 15, 1985 (yes, exactly 28 years ago today), Major League Baseball staged its first ever home run derby at the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Dave Parker of the Cincinnati Reds won the event, hitting a remarkable six home runs. This was despite the fact that his National League team, featuring Parker, Dale Murphy, Steve Garvey, Ryne Sandberg, and Jack Clark, lost the Derby by a score of 17-16 to Jim Rice, Eddie Murray, Carlton Fisk, Tom Brunansky and Cal Ripken, Jr. of the American League.
For the ensuing 28 years, Major League Baseball has battled steroid and other performance enhancing drug problems. Has anyone thought to blame the Home Run Derby? No? Well, maybe they should.