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The Resource Breaking Babe Ruth : baseball's campaign against its biggest star, Edmund F. Wehrle

Breaking Babe Ruth : baseball's campaign against its biggest star, Edmund F. Wehrle

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Breaking Babe Ruth : baseball's campaign against its biggest star
Title
Breaking Babe Ruth
Title remainder
baseball's campaign against its biggest star
Statement of responsibility
Edmund F. Wehrle
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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"--
  • "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"--
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DLC
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1964-
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Wehrle, Edmund F.
Dewey number
  • 796.357092
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Index
index present
LC call number
GV865.R8
LC item number
W38 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Sports and American culture
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  • Ruth, Babe
  • Major League Baseball (Organization)
  • Baseball
  • Baseball players
  • Ruth, Babe
  • Major League Baseball (Organization)
  • SPORTS & RECREATION
  • Baseball
  • Baseball players
  • United States
Label
Breaking Babe Ruth : baseball's campaign against its biggest star, Edmund F. Wehrle
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1010545396
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 290 pages
Isbn
9780826221605
Lccn
2017052792
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1010545396
Label
Breaking Babe Ruth : baseball's campaign against its biggest star, Edmund F. Wehrle
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1010545396
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xii, 290 pages
Isbn
9780826221605
Lccn
2017052792
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1010545396

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