When Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died of salivary-gland cancer in 2014, at just 54 years old — a cancer Gwynn believed was caused by the smokeless tobacco he used for decades — baseball noticed. Scores of players addicted to “dip" vowed to quit. But back in the day, countless pro athletes not only regularly smoked and chewed tobacco, they also starred in ads extolling tobacco’s virtues. (Above, Jackie Robinson goes to bat for Chesterfield cigarettes.)Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images STAN THE MAN Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images STRIKE THREE Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images CHAW OF CHOICE
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