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Thursday, April 5
Darryl Strawberry chronology

Jan. 29, 1987: Strawberry's wife, Lisa, files a petition for legal separation in Los Angeles Superior County Court. She accuses him of breaking her nose after a game in October 1986.

April 7, 1989: Named in a lawsuit in Clayton, Mo., charging that he fathered a son with Lisa Clayton.

May 18, 1989: Wife files divorce petition in Los Angeles. He says there "are no hard feelings. ... We felt this was the best thing to do."

Jan. 24, 1990: Blood tests establish Strawberry as father of Clayton's child.

Jan. 26, 1990: Arrested for alleged assault with a deadly weapon during an argument with his wife. He is alleged to have hit her in the face with an open hand and also to have threatened her with a .25-caliber semiautomatic handgun. Released on $12,000 bail.

Feb. 2, 1990: Authorities in Los Angeles announce they will hold a hearing on Feb. 9 to determine if misdemeanor charges will be filed.

Feb. 3, 1990: Enters Smithers Center for alcohol rehabilitation.

Feb. 9, 1990: Los Angeles city attorneys delay decision on filing misdemeanor charges until Strawberry gets out of Smithers.

March 9, 1990: Los Angeles city attorneys announce no charges will be filed.

Sept. 4, 1993: Arrested for allegedly striking Charisse Simons, the 26-year-old woman he lived with.

Sept. 21, 1993: No criminal charges are filed by Simons after the Sept. 4 incident.

Sept. 23, 1993: A day after saying he contemplated suicide because of accumulated problems, he said he only flirted with the idea.

March 3, 1994: Investigated by the IRS and U.S. Attorney's Office for allegedly failing to file tax returns for in excess of $300,000 of income derived from autograph and memorabilia shows.

April 3, 1994: Failed to show up for the Dodgers' final exhibition game against California at Anaheim Stadium, and not located until that night.

April 4, 1994: Dodgers announce Strawberry has a substance abuse problem and place him on the disabled list.

April 8, 1994: Enters Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, Calif., for treatment of a substance abuse problem.

May 6, 1994: Finishes his 28-day stay at Betty Ford.

Dec. 8, 1994: He and his agent Eric Goldschmidt were indicted on federal tax evasion charges alleging that Strawberry failed to report more than $500,000 in income earned from 1986 through 1990.

Dec. 18, 1994: Strawberry and Goldschmidt plead innocent to tax evasion charges in U.S. District Court in White Plains, N.Y.

Feb. 6, 1995: Major league baseball suspends Strawberry for 60 days after he tested positive for cocaine. The Giants, citing a clause in his contract, terminate the deal and release him.

April 24, 1995: Strawberry is ordered to repay $350,000 in back taxes and sentenced to six months of home confinement. But the order permits him to leave home for practice and games, and allows him to travel to road games with a baseball team.

June 19, 1995: New York Yankees announce they have reached an agreement with Strawberry.

Aug. 4, 1995: Yankees purchase his contract from Columbus of the International League.

Dec. 2, 1995: Yankees do not exercise option, making Strawberry free agent.

Dec. 11, 1995: Strawberry is charged in California with failing to make child support payments and faces one count of willful failure to provide child support, two counts of violating a court order to provide child support and another order to provide spousal support.

May 3, 1996: Strawberry signs with the St. Paul Saints of the independent Northern League.

June 24, 1996: Los Angeles Municipal Court Commissioner Joseph Biderman sets a July 5 trial date for Strawberry, accused by Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Mark Goldman of failing to pay $300,000 to his ex-wife Lisa by a June 24 deadline.

July 4, 1996: Yankees purchase his contract from St. Paul and assign him to Columbus.

July 5, 1996: Strawberry tells court he will will use his $260,000 signing bonus as partial payment of support owed his ex-wife and children.

July 7, 1996: Strawberry promoted to Yankees.

June 25, 1997: Undergoes arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.

Aug. 15, 1997: Activated by Yankees following a four-month stint on the disabled list and a rehabilitation stint in Columbus.

Jan. 9, 1998: Re-signs one-year deal with Yankees for $750,000.

Aug. 20, 1998: Sued by attorney Robert Shapiro for $100,000 plus interest in fees for a contract settlement Shapiro negotiated with the Dodgers in 1994.

Oct. 1, 1998: Diagnosed with colon cancer.

Oct. 3, 1998: Undergoes surgery to have a 16-inch portion of his large intestine removed to get rid of a tumor almost 2 1/2 inches long that nearly obstructed his intestine. Doctors said the three-hour surgery went smoothly and that the tumor did not appear to have spread.

Oct. 9, 1998: Doctors announce that Strawberry will have to undergo chemotherapy after it was found that the cancer had spread to a lymph node.

Oct. 16, 1998: Released from the hospital.

Oct. 23, 1998: Joins his teammates in the victory parade to celebrate the Yankees world championship.

Jan. 9, 1999: Has surgery to relieve pain caused by scar tissue from his operation for colon cancer.

Feb. 9, 1999: Makes debut as spokesman for the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, saying he is optimistic about his future.

Feb. 15, 1999: Angers owner George Steinbrenner by missing an autograph session. Strawberry apologized for his absence a day later.

March 10, 1999: Strawberry, still undergoing chemotherapy, goes 1-for-4 in an exhibition game, his first appearance in a game since colon cancer surgery.

March 25, 1999: Strawberry and attorney Robert Shapiro resolve their legal dispute in which Shapiro claimed that Strawberry had failed to pay about $100,000 in fees for a contract settlement Shapiro negotiated for him.

March 29, 1999: Yankees announce that Strawberry will remain at extended spring training instead of joining the club on the opening-day roster.

April 14, 1999: Charged with possession of cocaine and soliciting a prostitute. According to police, Strawberry allegedly solicited an undercover officer for sex for $50. Upon being searched, 0.3 grams of powder cocaine was found inside of his wallet. He was released on $6,000 bond.

April 24, 1999: Placed on adminstrative leave by major league baseball, pending a review of his arrest on drug charges. Strawberry cannot play or work out with the Yankees or their farm teams during this time.

May 26, 1999: Enters a no-contest plea to charges of cocaine possession and soliciting a prostitute. Sentenced to 18 months of probation and 100 hours of community service.

June 18, 1999: Bud Selig announces that Strawberry can return to baseball after a 120-day suspension ends on Aug. 11.

Aug. 2, 1999: Selig reduces Strawberry's suspension by one week, and the Yankees announce Strawberry will join Coloumbus on Aug. 4.

Sept. 1, 1999: Yankees purchase Strawberry's contract from Columbus and he finishes the season with a .327 batting average, three homers and six RBIs. In the postseason, he hits .333 (5-for-15) with two homers and four RBIs as the Yankees win their second straight world championship.

Feb. 22, 2000: A Florida Department of Corrections report says Strawberry tested positive for cocaine on Jan. 19.

Feb. 28, 2000: Suspended for one year, his third cocaine-related suspension from baseball in five years.

April 2, 2001: Arrested at St. Joseph's hospital and charged with violating a probation warrant after a four-day disappearance from a drug treatment center.

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