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February 23, 2009

Peter Gammons and a few other sports writers have dug up an old SI article, written almost 40 years ago, that hopefully sheds some light on our ‘new phenomenon’ known as PED usage. This absolves no one, no one, and doesn’t make excuses for anything, but I think it also sheds some light on things we’d all like to believe aren’t true.

This is not a new issue or one our generation has created. It’s been a part of our culture and our society far longer than many would like to believe.

You can read it here…

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Rhayader permalink
    February 23, 2009 11:03 am

    Wow, so all this crap from Selig and the owners saying they didn’t know anything until the mid to late 90’s was exactly that: total crap. Like Perricone points out, Sports Illustrated was THE sports publication in 1969, and for many years thereafter. This one did not fly under the radar, and there is no excuse for the kind of witch hunts we are carrying out now. It’s the pot calling the kettle black.

    To me, the crime isn’t nearly as bad as the cover-up. Injections of cortisone (a steroid) have been second nature for decades; Sandy Koufax was taking shots of cortisone basically every time out during his 5 or so years of total dominance that put him in the hall of fame. If everyone involved — the players, the doctors, the owners, etc — were just honest and forthright about this, we could move in a positive direction with all of this. But no; everyone has to cover his own ass and perpetuate the lie. The dishonesty and covering up has done a lot more to harm baseball than any designer steroid.

  2. Yazdog8 permalink
    February 23, 2009 12:21 pm

    So at what point does it stop? That’s great, pawn it off on the previous generation, or chuck the problem on to the next, which is what we as Americans seem to do best. At what point do the players and owners and the commish who all created the mess set about fixing it instead of burying your heads in the sand?

  3. Rhayader permalink
    February 23, 2009 2:44 pm

    @Yazdog8: Yeah, that’s definitely what needs to happen. Of course part of the problem is that we love nothing more than a good witch hunt. All of this obsession about who did what, who helped whom, whose cousin was in which hotel, distracts us from actually moving forward and fixing things.

    That being said, positive steps have been taken. While HGH is still a major hole (due to scientific limitations), and I’m sure designer steroids are always being created to get around current testing methods, the testing policy in place is actually pretty robust.

  4. Babe Ruth permalink
    February 23, 2009 2:46 pm

    Are you trying to lighten the blow for when your name comes out or your good friend David Ortiz name is released from that list of 103 players?

    Yes, Steroids have been around for a while. They weren’t banned from the Olympics until 1975 (6 years after that article) or made a schedule III until 1990 (21 years after that article). They didn’t become illegal in baseball until 1991.

    So after 1991 any one using it is guilty of cheating.
    Prior to 1990, frowned upon but they were doing nothing against the rules.

    It’s sorta like the Spitball.
    After 1920, It was considered cheating.
    Before 1920, there were no rules against it.

    The difference between the two?
    Cheating isn’t always the same as cheating.

    What would you rather see your kids doing?

  5. February 23, 2009 5:12 pm

    Mr. Schilling thank you for pointing out that article, It is one of the best articles that I have read on the issue of PED’s.

  6. February 23, 2009 6:34 pm

    Just as innocent baseball players got sucked into the PED bubble–they either had to take them or lose their job to a worse player that took them–baseball owners also got sucked into the ticket price bubble.

    But now it’s the fan’s turn to win. We’re going to get cheaper baseball!! Yes! Cheap Baseball!

  7. game6sockwasfake permalink
    February 23, 2009 9:13 pm

    YAWN – Curt,

    You may not be a part of the problem (that we know of)

    But try sharing some real insight other than athletes have been doping for years…

    MLB has more in common with the WWE & its the collective players who are to blame…

    your union is WAY too powerful, protecting all the people that you like to fingerpoint… lets hear the unnamed 103 – they sure as hell didnt test all 660 so whats our denominator again?

    You are either part of the problem or part of the solution… as a vocal union guy – grab a broom & start helping rather than insulting epileptics and droning on with right-wing nonsense…

  8. Dana Kiecker permalink
    February 24, 2009 4:27 pm

    It’s laughable that Gammons is now doing “research” on this subject. He is in the baseball HOF , yet missed the biggest story of our generation. So he either turned a blind eye,(cardinal sin of reporting), or he just missed the BIGGEST story going on right under his nose , So hes in the HOF as a reporter why?

  9. Rhayader permalink
    February 25, 2009 9:23 am

    @game6sockwasfake: The point of showing the article was not to point out the fact that it has been going on for years. It was to show that the use has been publicly acknowledged for at least 4 decades, which is significant in the wake of all this “we didn’t know until the 90’s” crap that Selig and the other execs (and the media) have been spewing. Also, all MLB players were tested that spring. They just knew about it beforehand, which is why the fail rate was so low (I think we can safely assume more than 104 guys would have failed if it had been a surprise test).

    @Dana: Peter Gammons is a fantastic reporter who does belong in the hall of fame. I’m sure he hasn’t done everything perfectly, but he’s been an integral part of the game for a long time now.

  10. Dana Kiecker permalink
    February 25, 2009 7:22 pm

    An integral rump swab of MLB ? Yes. A fantastic REPORTER ? No.

    Whats so “fantastic” about missing THE biggest story of MLB in the past 90 years?

    Isnt/wasnt that his F’ing job? HOF my ass.

  11. rundugrun permalink
    February 28, 2009 9:18 pm

    Track and Field fans have known since the 1950s about PEDs. Of course, we didn’t call them PEDs back then. We had steroids, greenies, uppers, etc. Serious track and field fans read these type of SI articles and knew all the rumors about steroid use, especially among shot-putters and discus throwers. Swedish distance runners were long accused of blood doping and US sprinters have been caught using PEDs throughtout the 70s and 80s. It’s only baseball fans who have been oblivious to the issue. Heck, even NFL fans knew that steroid use was rampant into the 70s and 80s.

    What’s the big deal?

  12. March 16, 2009 7:04 am

    I still wonder what’s so wrong with steroids, and why they suddenly became such a bad thing in the world of baseball. Peer pressure I guess. Steroids make baseball players better. That’s fairly well established, at least in principle. But you know what? So does having horse ligaments in your arm. Now I’d like someone to tell me which of the two is “natural”.

  13. March 16, 2009 7:08 am

    Okay, maybe a slight exaggeration, but it really is impossible for one to call some of the medical advances players are subject to “natural”, while damning steroids for being “unnatural”.

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