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Author Wehrle, Edmund F., 1964- author.

Title Breaking Babe Ruth : baseball's campaign against its biggest star / Edmund F. Wehrle
Published Columbia, Missouri : University of Missouri, [2018]


Description 1 online resource (xii, 290 pages)
Series Sports and American culture
Sports and American culture series.
Contents Baseball's search for order -- Frenzy! -- Challenge to authority, part I -- "A remarkable change in the king of swat": comeback I -- Challenge to authority part II -- "It was just a matter of physical condition": comeback II -- Triumph -- "Fair enough in times like these" -- Removing Ruth -- "A well-paid slave is nonetheless a slave"
Summary "Rather than as a Falstaffian figure of limited intellect, Edmund Wehrle reveals Babe Ruth as an ambitious, independent operator, one not afraid to challenge baseball's draconian labor system. To the baseball establishment, Ruth's immense popularity represented opportunity, but his rebelliousness and potential to overturn the status quo presented a threat. After a decades-long campaign waged by baseball to contain and discredit him, the Babe, frustrated and struggling with injuries and illness, grew more acquiescent, but the image of Ruth that baseball perpetuated still informs how many people remember him to this day. This new perspective, approaching Ruth more seriously and placing his life in fuller context, is long overdue"-- Provided by publisher
"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 short on 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"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on May 01, 2018)
Subject Ruth, Babe, 1895-1948.
SUBJECT Ruth, Babe, 1895-1948
Ruth, Babe, 1895-1948 fast
Subject Major League Baseball (Organization) -- History -- 20th century
SUBJECT Major League Baseball (Organization) fast
Subject Baseball -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Baseball players -- United States -- Biography
1900 - 1999.
SPORTS & RECREATION -- Baseball -- History.
GAMES -- Gambling -- Sports.
SPORTS & RECREATION -- Business Aspects.
TRAVEL -- Special Interest -- Sports.
Baseball players
United States
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2017060404
ISBN 9780826274090