Keep your head in the sand if that’s more comfortable for you, stymeedone.
I already posted Chipper Jones’s statement about the pervasive use of amphetamines. Now read these:
‘Amphetamines have become as much a part of the clubhouse scene as card games and hot feet. In a Kansas City Star story last year, former Royals outfielder Brian McRae recalled how there were always two pots of coffee brewing in the clubhouse — one conventional and the other laced with stimulants. “I had to make sure I got the unleaded,” McRae said. …
‘A player agent and a big-league coach, both speaking to ESPN Insider on the condition of anonymity, said stimulants are pervasive in the game.
“Typically, a veteran player finds a way to get them and he supplies them to the other guys,” the coach said. “In the old days, a player might pop one to get up for a day game after a night game. Now guys use them more and more. They’re passed out like candy in the clubhouse.”’
– reported by Jerry Crasnick for ESPN
As for your story about no known cheaters in the Hall:
‘Gaylord Perry (pitcher, Giants, Indians, Rangers, Padres, Yankees, Braves, Mariners, Royals, 1962-1983)
‘Perry, a Hall-of-Famer, compiled his 314-265 record on the wings of a Vaseline ball. He’d stand on the mound, touching his cap or his sleeve, either loading up the ball or trying to convince batters he was doing so. In 1982, he became one of the very few pitchers to be suspended for doctoring the ball.
‘Gene Tenace, who was Perry’s catcher with the Padres, said the ball was sometimes so loaded he couldn’t throw it back to the mound. Indians president Gabe Paul defended Perry: “Gaylord is a very honorable man,” he said. “He only calls for the spitter when he needs it.”‘
‘Whitey Ford (pitcher, Yankees, 1950-67)
‘Ford used his wedding ring to cut the ball, or had catcher Elston Howard put a nice slice in it with a buckle on his shin guard. Ford also planted mud pies around the mound and used them to load the ball. He confessed that when pitching against the Dodgers in the 1963 World Series, “I used enough mud to build a dam.” He also threw a “gunk ball,” which combined a mixture of baby oil, turpentine, and resin. He kept the “gunk” in a roll-on dispenser, which, the story goes, Yogi Berra once mistook for deodorant, gluing his arms to his sides in the process.’
‘Don Sutton (pitcher, Dodgers, Astros, Brewers, Angels, A’s, 1966-88)
‘Late in his career, Sutton was often accused of scuffing. In 1978 he was ejected and suspended 10 days for defacing the ball, but when he threatened to sue the National League, he was let off. Was teammates with Gaylord Perry for a while. “He gave me a tube of Vaseline,” joked Sutton. “I thanked him and gave him a piece of sandpaper.” Umpires took the allegations seriously, and sometimes gave him a good going over. Once, he left a note inside his glove for the men in black. It said, “You’re getting warm, but it’s not here.”‘
All of the above are in the Hall. Even Hank Aaron admitted in his autobiography that he took an amphetamine pill before a game. He said he didn’t like the effect and never did it again — the point being not that it had a big effect on his career but rather how prevalent greenies must’ve been for even Hank Aaron to have been persuaded to try them.