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    Pittsburgh Pitcher used performance enhancers

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/s...toryId=5314753

    March 31, 2006 In 1889, a Pittsburgh pitcher named Jim "Pud" Galvin became the first baseball player to be widely known for using a performance enhancer. (He was nicknamed "Pud" because his pitching supposedly turned opposing batters into "pudding" -- much like Barry Bonds' brain.) Before pitching a game against Boston, Pud used something called the elixir of Brown-Sequard... essentially testosterone drained from the gonads of an animal. And, low and behold, the juiced-up Galvin won.

    NPR's Luke Burbank has the scoop this morning, and the amazing thing is that no one seemed to mind the use of performance enhancers back then. The Washington Post all but pushed the drug in an article from 1889:

    "If there still be doubting Thomases who concede no virtue of the elixir, they are respectfully referred to Galvin's record in yesterday's Boston-Pittsburgh game. It is the best proof yet furnished of the value of the discovery."

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    Re: Pittsburgh Pitcher used performance enhancers

    Pud is standing on the far left


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    Re: Pittsburgh Pitcher used performance enhancers

    Look at the size of that guy's head!
    My dad got to enjoy 3 Reds World Championships by the time he was my age. So far, I've only gotten to enjoy one. Step it up Redlegs!

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    Re: Pittsburgh Pitcher used performance enhancers

    Looks like a rather large hat to me.....
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    Re: Pittsburgh Pitcher used performance enhancers

    Dammit sava, you beat me by seconds!
    I've been to dinner at Jimmy Buffet's house, and I've eaten it at a homeless shelter. And there's great joy and harrowing terror to be found in both places.
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    Re: Pittsburgh Pitcher used performance enhancers

    I wanna know who the first guy was to think to himself, "I don't have enough energy today, so I'm going to drink some horse balls."
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