In response to slasher9's comment:
In response to nhsteven's comment:
Otherwise, nothing surprises me; you do realize Aaron admitted to taking greenies? And there was a high probability TW, Mantle, Mays, F Robbie, Clemente, and many others did as well?
there is a big difference from the culture of popping a pill from a bowl left out by the trainers in teh clubhouse then to taking the time to drill a hole in the end of your bat, stuff it with cork, and carefully replace the end nub so as to conceal the treachery.
#7 was a straight up cheat. he cheated in the game of baseball.
I doubt you were alive to see Mantle in his prime.
He was a freak
He was clocked 3.1 to first base batting lefty, no one I've seen since could drag bunt as well as Mantle.
Keep in mind he messed up his leg his rookie season and then played the rest of his career injured.
I don't know about the corked bat, but I do know the parks for the most park were much larger than they are today.
He also won the triple crown in 1956. Amazing how quick some of you guys are to draw your own conclusions, I'm sure he would be revered by you if it had been the Red Sox he played for.