Team Chemistry : The History of Drugs and Alcohol in Major League Baseball
* 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.
- Hardback | 240 pages
- 152 x 229 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
- 30 Jan 2016
- University of Illinois Press
- Baltimore, United States
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"Corzine's well-crafted chronology of the history of drug and alcohol use in Major League Baseball is a good read for fans and scholars alike. Team Chemistry offers new insights and analytic modes to address both of baseball's substance problems--its problem with both legal and illegal drugs and its problem of relying on the romanticized memory of the sport, rather than the reality of its clubs and players."--Sport in American History "Stimulating. Clearly the most comprehensive 'baseball and drugs' book that I've read or am aware of. There are other books that cover specific scandals, such as BALCO, but none that dig as deeply into the history of the relationship between baseball and drugs."--Mitchell Nathanson, author of A People's History of Baseball
"A succinct, thoughtful, readable review of alcohol and drug abuse in baseball from 1870 to the present. Recommended." --Choice
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