May 20, 1957: Drugs in big-time sports

For those who yearn for sports’ good old days, when athletes relied solely on their skill and determination to perform at their highest levels, be advised that you’ll have to look back over countless decades – and stay very focused.

The Boston Globe began a series of reports bemoaning the presence of amphetamines in professional and big-time college sports.

“The sports world serves as a laboratory where the effects, growth and dangers amphetamine abuse may be most clearly demonstrated. And this series is intended to focus public attention on a problem which, in the words of Rep. Hale Boggs (D-La.) “everyone wants to ignore.’ ‘’

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