For generations, pitchers used spitballs — not just spit, of course, but anything they could find — and scuffed baseballs to alter the way the ball moved to gain an advantage. That’s cheating. Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry made a career out of affecting the flight of baseball, and even wrote a book about it (seriously, it’s called “ Me and the Spitter .”) And for decades, players used amphetamines to give themselves a little pep in their step on the field, or as a way to recover from rough nights. Amphetamines are a banned substance now.
steroid ster·oid (stěr'oid', stēr'-)
Any of numerous naturally occurring or synthetic fat-soluble organic compounds having as a basis 17 carbon atoms arranged in four rings and including the sterols and bile acids, adrenocortical and sex hormones, certain natural drugs such as digitalis compounds, and the precursors of certain vitamins. Also called steroid hormone . adj. ste·roid·al (stĭ-roid', stě-)
Relating to or characteristic of steroids or steroid hormones.