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Steroid Usage Of Mlb Players In The Hall Of Fame

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In 1936, five of the best baseball players know in the United States were elected into the first induction class. Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson, Honus Wagner, and Babe Ruth were the first players in Major League Baseball history to be recognized for their outstanding achievements. These five men, along with 301 other Major League Baseball players, have been elected into the MLB Hall of Fame in the span of 75 years, but how many of these players have “cheated” their way into this historical museum which is meant to honor only the best of the best players. A rule which bans any player from the Hall of Fame and removes any player already in the Hall of Fame that has evidence or ...view middle of the document...

This arrangement still stands today but now each league is subdivided and the pennant winner is chosen in a post-season playoff series.
“Baseball came of age in the 1920s, when Babe Ruth (1895-1948) led the New York Yankees to several World Series titles and became a national hero on the strength of his home runs” (U.S. Department of State). The most note-worthy player of all time is Jackie Robinson, the first African American to play in the Major League in 1947. Robinson was also known to be a very gifted and courageous athlete. He broke the color barrier on April 15, 1947 when the Brooklyn Dodgers started him at first base. This ended the racial segregation in baseball that permitted African Americans to only be allowed to play in the Negro leagues for six decades. By the end of Robinson’s career, he had 137 homeruns, 734 runs batted in (RBIs), 197 stolen bases, scored 947 times and had a batting average of .311. Jackie Robinson was elected into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. On April 15, 1997, the 50th year anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s major league debut, his number, 42, was retired from baseball and in 2004, April 15 was deemed as Jackie Robinson day. Robinson was elected into the Hall of Fame because of his incredible natural ability. He earned every homerun and worked hard to bring his batting average up and accomplished all this without the help of performance enhancing drugs as many other players have been accused of doing. Jackie Robinson earned his spot in the Hall of Fame base on his natural abilities which is what every other Hall of Famer should have to do.
The Major League Hall of Fame building opened on June 12, 1939. Since then, the Hall of Fame has held a total of 75 years worth of elections. The Hall of Fame was founded by a former hotel owner by the name of Stephen Carlton Clark. Stephen wished to bring tourists to the town that was hurt by the Great Depression, which resulted in reduction of tourist trade and prohibition. Nearly 300,000 people visit the Hall of Fame each year. These visitors get the opportunity to view the 38,000 artifacts and 2.6 million library items. This museum also holds 130,000 baseball cards that are able to be viewed. This monument has a total of three floors which contain different sections which varies from history on the bullpen, the game today and even records of former players. “The Hall's motto is "Preserving History, Honoring Excellence, Connecting Generations” (Clark). When this museum was first established, people have stated that it would honor the best of the best athletes. When a person is honored, generally, they are honored for something they accomplished on their own. If an athlete uses performance enhancing drugs to become the best of the best, they were not able to get to that level on their own. That player should not be honored for something they did not truly earn. Many players in the Major Leagues wish to one day be in the Hall of Fame but what happens...

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