This date in Sports History: 12/13

December 13, 2007: On this day in sports history…

Maine Democratic Senator George Mitchell’s famous report on the illegal use of performance enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball was released. The report was a result of a 21 month investigation assigned by commissioner Bud Selig. The Report included descriptions of the substances being used, the health effects of these substances, recommendations for eliminating them from the game, and most famously, a list of 89 major leaguers who had used any of the substances. This list (full list here) included such stars as Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Jason Giambi, Andy Pettite, Miguel Tejada, Mo Vaughn, Gary Sheffield and Eric Gagne. While steroids and performance enhancing drugs were no secret at the time, the report went a long way towards the new Drug testing policies employed by MLB, as well as further damning the reputations of many stars, most notably Clemens and Bonds.