Should Steroid Users
Be in the Hall of Fame?
I read Game of Shadows
by Mark Fainaru-Wada
and Lance Williams.
It was about an
investigation that the
authors did on BALCO
labs in San Francisco.
They were searching to
see if the lab may have
something to do with
steroids in baseball.
For my interaction I went
to the Alabama Sports
Hall of Fame.
While I was there I
noticed several things:
there were no players in
the Hall that took
steroids and there was
also no reference to
them when talking about
Also for my interaction I conducted a
survey asking people if they thought
cheaters should be in the Hall of Fame
and if so how should it be handled.
What I Have Learned
Throughout this project I learned of many experts opinions
on how the Hall of Fame should handle the players who
were suspected or admitted to using steroids.
In the article I read by Zev Chafets called “Let Steroids in
the Hall of Fame”, obviously he thinks that all players should
be allowed in the Hall of Fame because there is no way to
tell who did what.
In the article “Steroids, Baseball, and the Hall of Fame” by
Robert Schlesinger, he interviewed Hall of Famer Jim
Bunning who says that the Hall of Fame should set an
example and not let any players suspected or who
confessed to using steroids in.
In the article “Hall of Fame or Hall of Shame” by Jon
Heyman, he discusses how he will judge the players case
by case on the questions: Did the player take steroids? And
Did the steroids make him a Hall of Fame player?
My favorite part of this project was definitely
I really enjoyed going to the Alabama Sports
Hall of Fame, it was great to find out what the
Hall of Fame is actually like and the players in
I also enjoyed conducting the survey because
it was interesting to see what normal people’s
opinions were about the issue as opposed to
the sports writers and baseball experts.
What I Now Believe
After my research and finding all sorts of
information on the topic, I have come to the
conclusion that steroid users should not be in
the Hall of Fame at all.
Yes they did achieve great things but it was not
without cheating so they should not be
rewarding by being in the Hall, but I think that
they could be honored in some other way and
recognized with all of the other steroid users.
What I Should Have Done
I would have chosen a book that was
more related to my topic.
The book I read was too much about the
science of steroids and the investigation
of BALCO and it had little to do with the
actual game of baseball and the Hall of
What I Should Have Done
I also should have tried to interview a
player actually in the Hall of Fame to get
a first hand opinion from them to see
their thoughts on the issue.