From Part II of Bil Gilbert's 1969 Sports Illustrated expose on PEDs:
‘Where’s the Dexamyl, Doc?’ I yelled at the trainer rooting about in his leather valise,” pitcher-author Jim Brosnan quoted himself as saying in his celebrated baseball book, Pennant Race. ” ‘There’s nothing in here but phenobarbital and that kind of stuff.’Tags: Bil Gilbert, Sports Illustrated, Steroids
‘I don’t have any more,’ said Doc Rohde. ‘Gave out the last one yesterday. Get more when we get home.’
‘Been a rough road trip, huh, Doc? How’m I goin’ to get through the day then? Order some more, Doc. It looks like a long season.’
‘Try one of these,’ he said.
‘Geez, that’s got opium in it. Whaddya think I am, an addict or something?’ ”
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On good evidence—which includes voluntary admissions by physicians, trainers, coaches, athletes, testimony given in court or before athletic regulatory bodies, and autopsy reports—amphetamines have been used in auto racing, basketball, baseball (at all levels down to children’s leagues), boxing, canoeing, cycling, football, golf, mountain climbing, Roller Derby, rodeo, Rugby, skating, skiing, soccer, squash, swimming, tennis (both lawn and table), track and field, weight lifting and wrestling.
The amphetamines, of which Benzedrine, Dexedrine, Dexamyl (which has a barbiturate added) and methamphetamine (the notorious “speed” or “Meth”), are among the best-known, affect the central nervous system and produce what might be called a triple threat.
They act indirectly to suppress hunger spasms, and for this reason are used as appetite-killing pills by jockeys, boxers, wrestlers and anybody else who has to make a weight.
The drug is a metabolic stimulant, speeding up the respiratory and circulatory systems and enabling users to remain hyperactive when they would ordinarily slow down because of fatigue.
Finally, the amphetamines act directly on the brain, inducing a sense of excitement and euphoria, a sort of I-can-lick-the-world high.