While many of the energy supplements you see on the market today are made of cutting edge, space age ingredients, the idea of taking supplements to get more energy is very old. It goes back millennia, to the hunters and gatherers trying to get more energy before they went out to hunt. Today, we know how powerful supplements can be for energy. Science and technology have shown how they can give you that extra boost you need when you work out or do anything else in life. It wasn’t always like that.
Changing Face of Energy Supplements
Today, we know that so many professional athletes take energy supplements. Healthy, legal, and potent, they can give each athlete that extra advantage it takes to perform their very best. However, baseball used to be different. In fact, in the years from 1920 to 1940, each team had a designated tobacco sponsor. They didn’t specifically say that “tobacco would make the players better at baseball,” but tobacco sponsors didn’t try to dissuade that idea, either. The idea was given that chewing tobacco was better than smoking a cigarette. As you might imagine, there is no evidence that chewing tobacco boosts any kind of performance in any way. In fact, it’s a genuine health hazard.
Tobacco Use in Pro Sports
Even in our modern era of energy supplements, strict workout regimens and nutritional diets, tobacco held on longer as a symbol of baseball than most people imagine. Eventually, MLB banned tobacco companies from leaving free products for the players in the stadium clubhouses. While this sounds like something that may have happened in 1997, it actually went into effect on December 5, 2016. And even then, players who played in the league before that date were grandfathered in. A new day is finally dawning, and things have finally changes as the American nonsmokers rights foundation establish their Smoking Policies at Major League Baseball Stadiums, which prohibits smoking, including the use of electronic cigarettes, anywhere inside the 30 Major League Baseball Stadiums.
For younger readers, it might be hard to imagine how common it used to be to see professional athletes smoking, and engaging in public, sanctioned behaviors that could damage their athletic performance. For example, the great quarterback Frank Gifford (later a Monday Night Football announcer) played for the New York Giants in the 50s and 60s as one of the league’s marquee players (and arguably its most famous). He appeared in advertisements for all kinds of harmful things, like Lucky Strike cigarettes and more.