Slamming Sammy Sosa, the one and only. Possibly the most fun baseball player of the past quarter-century, Sosa was always swinging for the fences and jumping for joy. As proof, he led the league in strikeouts for three straight years starting in 1997, passing 170 Ks each time. In that same three-year stretch, Sosa’s home run totals were eye-popping. He went from consistently hitting 30-40 each year for several years, then jumped to 66 in 1998. He won the NL MVP award that season and pumped chests with Mark McGwire in their chase for 70.
In November 1942, the Italian cyclist Fausto Coppi took "seven packets of amphetamine" to beat the world hour record on the track.  In 1960, the Danish rider Knud Enemark Jensen collapsed during the 100 km team time trial at the Olympic Games in Rome and died later in hospital. The autopsy showed he had taken amphetamine and another drug, Ronicol , which dilates the blood vessels. The chairman of the Dutch cycling federation, Piet van Dijk, said of Rome that "dope – whole cartloads – [were] used in such royal quantities." 
Boston has failed to make its way out of the divisional round in each of the past two postseasons, despite capturing consecutive AL East crowns. In the aftermath, skipper John Farrell lost his job and was ultimately replaced by Cora — who’ll be a rookie manager but is currently experiencing a deep run in his job as the Astros bench coach. It’s not entirely clear whether La Russa will have any role in helping to mentor Cora, but his vast experience will surely be drawn on as the organization looks both to repeat its divisional title and advance further into the playoffs.