Monday, June 08, 2009

1970 World Series was Tainted

I was watching an Orioles classic game, game3 of the 1970 world series against Cincinnati, when the announcer said this, very matter of factly, about Red's pitcher Tony Cloninger:

Striken with a mysterious eye ailment in 1967. A reaction from steroids, and uh, he was nearly blind in one eye. His vision's all right now.


He threw ball four to the hitter and the announcers found other things to talk about. Not a hint of anything possibly wrong.

He was probably roided up for this game. I'm sure they were talking about corticosteroids. But you never know.

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At 12:35 AM, Blogger terpsfan101@yahoo.com said...

I was watching too but missed the comment. I wish MASN would show more classic games like they did a few years ago. They are showing game 5 later this month. I find it strange that they chose to air games 3 and 5, both blowouts. The other 3 games in the series were all 1-run games. BTW you should allow anonymous comments. Not all people have google accounts or OpenID's (whatever the heck that is).

 
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At 7:42 AM, Blogger drjay said...

I heard the comment. The announcer was Curt Gowdy. I think Cloninger is still around -- someone should ask him about the incident. The importance of it all is that it shows steroids were not invented in the 1990's, as cocverage of the current controversy seems to suggest. In fact everyone knew back in the 1950's that the East Germans and others used stuff like that on their Olympic athletes. So who's to say some of the great stars whose records we want to protect with asterisks on those of "steroid era" players like McGuire and Bonds weren't themselves users?

 
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