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Author Corzine, Nathan Michael, author

Title Team chemistry : the history of drugs and alcohol in major league baseball / Nathan Michael Corzine
Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, [2016]


Description 1 online resource
Series Sport and society
Sport and society
Contents Introduction. The last pure place -- PART I. This is your game -- Time in a bottle -- Tobacco road -- Where's the Dexamyl, Doc? -- PART 2. This is your game on drugs -- Pitching around the problem -- This is not just a test -- Summers of the long ball frauds -- Epilogue: Brave new game
Summary "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 cocaine 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."-- Publisher's description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes English
Description based on print version record
Subject Major League Baseball (Organization) -- History
SUBJECT Major League Baseball (Organization) fast
Subject Baseball -- Corrupt practices -- United States
Baseball players -- Drug use -- United States
Baseball players -- Alcohol use -- United States
Doping in sports -- United States -- History
Doping in sports.
Doping in Sports
SELF-HELP -- Substance Abuse & Addictions -- General.
Baseball -- Corrupt practices
Baseball players -- Drug use
Doping in sports
SUBJECT United States
Subject United States
Genre/Form Electronic book
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019718127
ISBN 9780252097898