Originally Posted by Bad_Intentions
steroids existed in the 50's and 60's?
Oh, I was being flippant.
But, tell ya tha truth, I dunno about the availability of steroids to athletes then. Steroids were developed around the 1930s, I think. It was pretty well known they were used by Soviet weightlifters. But I'm not sure whether they were considered to be useful for athletes whose sports did not primarily involve strength.
Anyway, steroids back then weren't very sophisticated and side effects showed up quickly. Ezzard Charles, Jersey Joe, Patterson and others demonstrated the kind of good health and longevity that heavy steroid use probably would have destroyed.