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Breaking Babe Ruth: Baseball's Campaign Against Its Biggest Star
by Edmund F. Wehrle
University of Missouri Press, 2018
Cloth: 978-0-8262-2160-5 | eISBN: 978-0-8262-7409-0
Library of Congress Classification GV865.R8
Dewey Decimal Classification 796.357092

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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 Babe Ruth to this day. This new perspective, approaching Ruth more seriously and placing his life in fuller context, is long overdue.

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