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Chris Collotta History 594 Steroids in Sports This paper examines the effects of anabolic steroids and how they are being used today in professional sports. I will explain the history of anabolic steroids and their original uses as well as discuss the positive and negative effects experienced by users. After giving a background on these performance-enhancers I will discuss how professional athletes have been illegally using steroids since the 1960’s and how this affects the integrity of sports. Steroids can have several positive effects when taken properly and legally, however, when used inappropriately steroids can produce extremely harmful effects and can even be fatal. The first time I remember hearing about steroid use in professional sports was in 1998. I was in seventh grade and I recall that was the year Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa competed for the single season home run record set by Roger Maris who hit 62 in 1961. At the end of the 1998 MLB season Sammy Sosa finished with 66 home runs while McGwire ended with a record setting 70 dingers. To many young fans like, an epic season like this was exactly what professional baseball needed. After the strike in 1994 many fans of the MLB lost interest in the game. That all changed in 1998 when Mark McGwire began the season with 11 home runs before the month of May. Throughout that season McGwire and Sosa battled back and forth, hitting home-runs like it was their sole task. When McGwire broke Maris’s record the MLB was restored to all its former glory. “On September 8, 1998, McGwire hit a pitch by the Chicago Cubs' Steve Trachsel over the left field wall for his record-breaking 62nd home run, setting off huge celebrations at Busch Stadium. The fact that the game was against the Cubs meant that Sosa was able to personally congratulate McGwire on his achievement. Members of Roger Maris' family were also present at the game. Memorably, the ball was freely given to him in a ceremony on the field by the stadium worker who found it.” At the end of the 1998 MLB season, Steve Wilstein, a writer for the Associated Press, published an article that implicated Mark McGwire in an ongoing steroid scandal. McGwire responded to the article by admitting that he had used the “steroid-precursor androstenedione, an over-the-counter muscle enhancement product. While legal at the time for use in MLB, it had already been banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, the NFL and the IOC.” This revelation led to a loss of many of McGwire’s fans, including myself. “McGwire ended his career with 583 home runs, which was then fifth-most in history. He led Major League Baseball in home runs five times. He hit 50 or more home runs four
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seasons in a row (1996-1999), leading Major League Baseball in homers all four seasons, and also shared the MLB lead in home runs in 1987, his rookie year, when he set the Major League record for home runs by a rookie with 49.” After achieving so many honors in the MLB, Mark McGwire still has not been
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This note was uploaded on 06/22/2008 for the course HISTORY 594 W taught by Professor Appy during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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