This is a great question. You’d be surprised to learn that Jaime Huélamo , a cyclist from Spain was stripped of a bronze medal for doping in the 1972 olympics. He was caught using Coramine, a stimulant that has a long list of side effects. You wouldn’t think of it at first, but steroids began their In the NFL, Steroids began to arise in the mid-seventies. The 1972 olympics also saw East German and Russian women show up looking more like Sherman-Tanks than women. By 1976, the ugly legacy of steroids were making their way into American sports . Lyle Alzado became the poster-child for steroids in pro-sports. But testing in the NFL and MLB only addressed caffeine and marijuana. Cocaine came next, but the tests were always done on various dates and clearly not taken seriously.
The following was a widely reported story at the time, but it seems unbelievable.
In baseball – There is an an old story that includes an account of Babe Ruth administering to himself an injection of an extract from sheep testicles.
The experimental concoction allegedly proved ineffective, making Ruth ill and leading the Yankees to attribute his absence from the lineup to “a bellyache”.
The first verifiable use of steroids might surprise you. In his best selling book – and one that is on my shelf, Zev’iv Chafets, ‘’Cooperstown Confidential’’ he writes that Mickey Mantle’s fade during his 1961 home run chase with Maris was the indirect result of an attempt by Mantle to gain a substance-based edge.
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Chafets alleges that Mantle was hampered by an abcess created by a botched injection of a chemical cocktail administered by a “quack” doctor, Max Jacobsen. According to Chafets, the injection included steroids and amphetamines, among other substances.
This makes Mantle the first known steroid used in baseball.