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Team Chemistry : The History of Drugs and Alcohol in Major League Baseball (Paperback) (Nathan Michael

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In 2007, the Mitchell Report shocked traditionalists who were appalled that drugs had corrupted the "pure" game of baseball. Nathan Corzine rescues the story of baseball's relationship with drugs from the sepia-toned tyranny of such myths. In Team Chemistry , he 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 needed Codeine and an anti-inflammatory used on horses to pitch through his late-career elbow woes.
  • Players returning from World War II mainstreamed the use of the amphetamines they had used as servicemen.
  • Vida Blue invited teammates to ****** parties, Tim Raines used it to stay awake on the bench, and Will McEnaney snorted it between innings.
Corzine also ventures outside the lines to show how authorities handled--or failed to handle--drug and alcohol problems, and how those problems both shaped and scarred the game. The result is an eye-opening look at what baseball's relationship with substances legal and otherwise tells us about culture, society, and masculinity in America.
Number of Pages: 229
Genre: Sports + Recreation, Social Science, Self Improvement
Sub-Genre: Popular Culture, Substance Abuse + Addictions / General, Baseball / History
Series Title: Sport and Society
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Univ of Illinois Pr
Author: Nathan Michael Corzine
Language: English
Street Date: January 15, 2016
TCIN: 21563748
UPC: 9780252081330
Item Number (DPCI): 247-49-7296

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