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Team Chemistry: The History of Drugs and Alcohol in Major League Baseball

Nathan Michael Corzine

Abstract

In 2007, the Mitchell Report shocked traditionalists who were appalled that drugs had corrupted the “pure” game of baseball. This book rescues the story of baseball's relationship with drugs from the tyranny of such myths. It reveals a game splashed with spilled whiskey and tobacco stains from the day the first pitch was thrown. Indeed, throughout the game's history, stars and scrubs alike partook of a pharmacopeia that helped them stay on the field and cope off of it: In 1889, Pud Galvin tried a testosterone-derived “elixir” to help him pile up some of his 646 complete games. Sandy Koufax nee ... More

Keywords: drug use, Mitchell Report, baseball, Pud Galvin, Sandy Koufax, amphetamines, cocaine, codeine, alcohol, masculinity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252039799
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252039799.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Nathan Michael Corzine, author