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Re: rare photos of 1953 nabba universe

Posted: Tue Aug 20, 2019 7:13 am
by raynobile
great find, thanks david and diane, much apreciated.

Re: rare photos of 1953 nabba universe

Posted: Tue Sep 03, 2019 11:40 am
by Tom K
Wow, thanks for the additional information!

I find the pictures of Bill Pearl tell their own story. This is him pre steroid. He was clearly in great shape, but not close to the physique of Grimek, Reeves or Park.

I have seen many steroid using winners say that using drugs makes no difference to the overall winner of a show, if all competitors are using.

But clearly drugs change very much how people respond to training, and must change the winners podium. Pearl beat Park in the 60s,yet if they were both natural, Park would easily win on this showing.

I am not trying to take away from Pearl's achievements, as that is the way the sport went, sadly. It will always be a "what if" with Pearl vs Park.

I'd have like to see them head to head in 1955-1957, before drugs took off and giving Pearl a few more years to grow and both compete in their prime. Its a shame we never saw that.