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Breaking Babe Ruth : Baseball's Campaign Against Its Biggest Star - by Edmund F. Wehrle (Hardcover)

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"This book project turns on its head popular memories of Babe Ruth--perhaps the most influential sports figure of the past century. Virtually every biographical treatment depicts Ruth the same way: a man tall on athletic talent and personality--yet shorton intellectual acumen and good sense. This perception results directly from a two-decade war waged against Ruth by major league baseball. Burdened by labor strife, challenges from "outlaw" leagues, gambling, and violence on and off the field, the baseball establishment pined for stability and profitability as it dragged itself out of the World War I era. Beginning in 1920, Babe Ruth emerged the singular answer to baseball's afflictions: a player so popular and thrilling that he drove up profits and interest in the game around the country--diverting attention from the serious problems plaguing baseball. In Ruth, however, the game's leadership class found a problematic savior. The Babe's independent streak, his volatile (although quick passing) temper, his assertiveness, and his obvious sympathy for player rights deeply unnerved management. Thus began an organized campaign both to exploit and to contain the superstar"--
Number of Pages: 290
Genre: Sports + Recreation
Sub-Genre: History
Series Title: Sports and American Culture
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Univ of Missouri Pr
Author: Edmund F. Wehrle
Language: English
Street Date: May 31, 2018
TCIN: 53234280
UPC: 9780826221605
Item Number (DPCI): 248-58-1189
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