Who took the first big-league drug test?

Peter Larsen, OC Register, March 5, 2008

"Babe's stories – from taking over for the dying Lou Gehrig as the New York Yankee's first baseman to hitting a home run in the World Series – fascinated his young grandson, who would sit for hours listening to tales of men in wool uniforms playing ball in the golden light of afternoons long ago."

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Career perceived up in smoke

By Dick Heller, The Washington Times, February 18, 2008

"Dahlgren was a flashy fielder and dangerous if inconsistent hitter who labored for eight clubs, including the St. Louis Browns twice, from 1935 through 1946. He wasn't a star (.261 batting average, 82 career home runs), but he was a good man who deserved better than he got. He was treated like a dog by the baseball establishment at a time when there were no unions or agents to protect a player's interests."

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Grass-roots approach to clearing a good name

Jerry Crowe, Los Angeles Times, February 11, 2008

"This one predates by many years Barry Bonds and Mark McGwire and Roger Clemens and the Mitchell Report, not to mention public awareness of anabolic steroids, androstenedione and human growth hormone. At the center of this story is not a villain but a victim."

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Dahlgren’s career torpedoed by rumor of marijuana use

T.S. O'Connell, Sports Collectors Digest, January 25, 2008

"Imagine that somebody started a rumor that essentially destroyed your reputation and good standing among your friends and co-workers. The whispers develop a life of their own, and the scurrilous charge is so damning and embarrassing that it first disrupts your career before ultimately putting it to a premature end."

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KCBS News Interview

November 30, 2007

"Matt Dahlgren, grandson of Babe Dahlgren, discusses marijuana rumors about his grandpa."

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Rumors of Drug Use Have Damaged for Decades

Murray Chass, New York Times, November 18, 2007

"But the story of [Barry] Bonds or any other player doesn’t approach the tale of Babe Dahlgren, a major league first baseman from 1935 to 1946, whose career and life were ruined by an unsubstantiated rumor that he smoked marijuana."

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Potshots Took Toll

Dom Amore, Hartford Courant, December 27, 2007

"What should have been wondrous reminiscences of Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Casey Stengel, Branch Rickey, Jimmie Foxx and countless other legendary names from the 1930s and '40s, became, instead, a story of something else. The bitterness stemmed from a rumor that Babe suspected, and Matt believes he has confirmed, was started by Yankees manager Joe McCarthy, a towering figure who was roundly criticized when he sold Babe Dahlgren to the Boston Braves in 1941."

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