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Team ChemistryThe History of Drugs and Alcohol in Major League Baseball$
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Nathan Michael Corzine

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039799

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039799.001.0001

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Time in a Bottle

Time in a Bottle

(p.11) 1 Time in a Bottle
Team Chemistry

Nathan Michael Corzine

University of Illinois Press

This chapter traces the history of alcohol use in Major League Baseball (MLB) and considers the sudden urge, amid an atmosphere of partisan culture war that clouded the 1990s, to celebrate the era that Mickey Mantle so vividly symbolized—the golden days of his sport and the men who played it. It shows how Mantle,who was ravaged by liver cancer due to a lifelong battle with alcoholism, was used by some as a diversion from baseball's mounting troubles. It also discusses the “Drink Hard, Play Hard” ethic in MLB and how alcoholism relates to masculinity in the league. Finally, it examines alcohol problems among teams such as the New York Yankees and players like Ryne Duren, Sam McDowell, and Don Newcombe.

Keywords:   alcohol use, Major League Baseball, Mickey Mantle, alcoholism, masculinity, New York Yankees, Ryne Duren, Sam McDowell, Don Newcombe

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