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Nathaniel Vinton '01 and book American Icon in Sports Illustrated

Story posted April 27, 2009

An excerpt from American Icon: The Fall of Roger Clemens and the Rise of Steroids in America's Pastime, co-authored by Nathaniel Vinton '01, appears within the article, "Fall from Grace," in the April 27, 2009, issue of Sports Illustrated.


Vinton co-wrote the book with fellow New York Daily News investigative reporters Teri Thompson, Michael O'Keeffe and Christian Red.

According to the SI article, the team reviewed thousands of pages of court documents, congressional depositions, police reports, medical files and transcripts of secretly recorded phone calls, and interviewed MLB players and executives, players' association officials, U.S. congressional leaders, law enforcement agents, attorneys, steroid suppliers, trainers, doctors and doping experts.

The article reports that repeated requests to speak with Roger Clemens were refused.

The team's original reporting for the Daily News won the Associated Press Sports Editors award for Best Investigative Reporting in 2008.

Read the excerpt from American Icon here.

George J. Mitchell '54: The Original Investigator


Special envoy to the Middle East and former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell '54 chaired the investigation into illegal steroid use in Major League Baseball.

Read more about the investigation and view the Mitchell Report.

Read the Bowdoin magazine interview with Mitchell about the investigation.

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