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Can you name the the top 10 homerun leaders from before the steroid era?
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SOURCE: Detroit News, 5/19/11
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May 20th, 2011 at 13:15 GMT
So what makes you (or the Detroit News) the expert on when, exactly, the "steroid era" began and which players were a part of it? Do you think none of the players on this list ever cheated? Do you think performance enhancing drugs just magically appeared out of thin air sometime in the 1990s?
May 20th, 2011 at 19:06 GMT
I just saw it printed in the News and thought it was interesting. The News didn't cite its source so I can't say what their criteria was. I assume they looked at the year when players began admitting use and then looked at the leaders prior to that. You a Giants fan or something?
May 20th, 2011 at 19:30 GMT
All players on the list, save for maybe Jackson and Schmidt, played before the 80s. I find it hard to believe they were juicing then, but course I have no way to prove it.
May 24th, 2011 at 12:37 GMT
no way mike schmidt used.
Oct 12th, 2011 at 15:39 GMT
@BF_Hootie. This quiz doesn't say anything about who did and did not use, it simply says "before the steroid era." Players like Griffey and Thome, who you almost never hear connected to steroids, still played during the loosely defined "steroid era" (approximately Mid-1990s - Late 2000s). It also doesn't imply that none of these players cheated or gained an advantage in some way outside of steroids. It basically just recognizes that a large percentage of the Top 25 HRs list are guys who played at least part of their career during this period of time.
Nov 3rd, 2011 at 22:16 GMT
I'm sorry Mike Schmidt for missing you.
May 31st, 2012 at 04:19 GMT
I like the idea, even though I hate the demonization of steroid users.
May 31st, 2012 at 06:38 GMT
I remember when the all time leader list looked like this. True legends.
May 31st, 2012 at 06:38 GMT
I find it funny that the "pre steroids" era is before the late 1980's. Anabolic steroids have been used in sports since the late 1930's, yet nobody questions athletes that were never tested. They were so common with Olympic athletes in the 1950's, 60's and 70's that the IOC finally banned them in 1976. Odds are at least one, if not more, of the players on this list used anabolic steroids despite playing before the "steroid era"
May 31st, 2012 at 13:44 GMT
A few suggestions. One, this definitely needs to be a one-minute quiz. Two, the helping out with misspellings is annoying and unnecessary. If you don't know how to spell Schmidt or Foxx, then you get it wrong - come on this isn't brain surgery, it isn't like we're asking for Wojciechowski or Grudzielanek. And thirdly, why include Williams and McCovey as a single answer???
May 31st, 2012 at 14:13 GMT
And Griffey was clean.
May 31st, 2012 at 14:45 GMT
Could you please put the two tenth place players as separate answers?
May 31st, 2012 at 16:50 GMT
Sep 30th, 2012 at 23:40 GMT
Hank Aaron admitted to using amphetamines to enhance his performance. Mike Schmidt said that had steroids been around in his time, he probably would have used. Players have been cheating since baseball's beginnings, from immoral groundskeeping to doctoring equipment to illegal stunts on the basepaths as the one umpire wasn't looking. I know this is just a quiz but it only empowers the portrayal of pre-1990s players as gold-hearted, game-loving champions when it's simply not true. Had they had the means, I'm sure a lot 20th century players would have used.
Oct 1st, 2012 at 00:43 GMT
Before the steroid era involves a lot of assumptions about how clean baseball was before Fenway fans were chanting steroids at Jose Canseco in 1988. HOF pitcher Pud Galvin (pitched 1875-1892) openly used an elixir made from monkey testosterone. Babe Ruth may have injected himself with testosterone extracted from sheep. Tom House (pitcher/pitching coach) on baseball in the 70's: "We were doing steroids they wouldn't give to horses.... We never felt we got beat, we felt we got outmilligrammed" Reggie Jackson and Pete Rose lived with steroid dealers (Curt Wenzlaff and Tommy Gioiosa). I don't really know about who was using anything, but it's kind of ridiculous to assume that hyper-competitive ballplayers weren't looking into things that might give them an edge in the time before baseball tested for drugs.
Oct 1st, 2012 at 01:55 GMT
Please don't accept "Schmid" or "Fox". That just screws up the next answer when I have the t or x leftover, so it penalizes people who can spell to reward those who can't.
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