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Same as it ever was? Now over 60 years of baseball drug scandals
2007-11-17 15:07
by Bob Timmermann

Murray Chass of the New York Times has a column where he examines the curious case of Babe Dahlgren, the man who replaced Lou Gehrig at first base.

Dahlgren, according to a book written by his grandson Matt Dahlgren, was traded away by the Yankees because of suspicions that he smoked marijuana. Yankees manager Joe McCarthy is fingered as one of the perpetrators of the rumor and was instrumental in getting Dahlgren traded after the 1940 season.

Eventually in 1943, Dahlgren decided to undergo a drug test and medical examination, to clear him of the charges.

Dahlgren moved around a lot after leaving the Yankees did move around a lot as you can see from his B-R entry. After Gehrig, the Yankees first basemen were not an overly impressive bunch until Don Mattingly came around.

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2007-11-17 15:35:29
1.   Linkmeister
Moose Skowron!
2007-11-17 15:37:33
2.   Bob Timmermann
I was aware of Skowron. He was OK, but not great. And he was often hurt and often platooned.
2007-11-17 16:33:32
3.   Linkmeister
But, but...he was (briefly and unhappily) a Dodger!

Ok, I can't think of too many 1st basemen from the Yankees either, even when they were winning all those WS titles in the Fifties.

2007-11-17 17:13:21
4.   Johnny Nucleo
If Dahlgren was set up, he should have hired Vic Arpeggio as a private investigator. He had lots of experience in these matters.

I think only Bob will get that joke.

2007-11-17 17:32:43
5.   Bob Timmermann
Sadly there are no Vic Arpeggio clips on YouTube that I could find.

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