It Was Never About the Babe: How the Boston Red Sox Overcame Decades of Mismanagement and Racism and Built a Dynasty

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For years, Red Sox fans were told that their team was cursed because the Sox sold Babe Ruth to the hated Yankees. But as Jerry Gutlon reveals in It Was Never About the Babe, there is much more drama to Red Sox history than the “Curse of the Bambino.” The truth is more shocking than any myth.

With the thorough research of a seasoned journalist and the zeal of a lifelong Red Sox fan, Gutlon explains why the Sox came up short season after season: ownership chose managers and ...

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It Was Never About the Babe: The Red Sox, Racism, Mismanagement, and the Curse of the Bambino

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Overview


For years, Red Sox fans were told that their team was cursed because the Sox sold Babe Ruth to the hated Yankees. But as Jerry Gutlon reveals in It Was Never About the Babe, there is much more drama to Red Sox history than the “Curse of the Bambino.” The truth is more shocking than any myth.

With the thorough research of a seasoned journalist and the zeal of a lifelong Red Sox fan, Gutlon explains why the Sox came up short season after season: ownership chose managers and players not based on their talent, but on whom they drank with; before and after baseball integrated, personal and institutional racism affected their decision-making; and their teams consistently lacked the talent, leadership, chemistry, and luck needed to win championships.

Most fans don’t know that Babe Ruth was sold not just to produce a Broadway play, bust also because commissioner Ban Johnson was trying to run Sox owner Harry Frazee out of baseball and because Ruth was a major disruption in the Sox clubhouse. They will be surprised to learn that Jackie Robinson tried out at Fenway Park and shocked to learn that much-admired Tom Yawkey, along with owning the Red Sox, also owned a brothel for decades.

Covering the early Red Sox championship dynasty of Ruth, the never-good-enough teams of Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski, and Carlton Fisk and Curt Schilling, It Was Never About the Babe is an eye-opening read for every baseball fan, and a must-own book for every fan in Boston.

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For decades, Boston Red Sox fans bemoaned the "Curse of the Bambino," the superstition that linked the longtime Bosox World Series drought with the team's sale of Babe Ruth to the archrival Yankees in 1919. However far-fetched, the Curse gained credence because for 86 years (1918–2004), the Red Sox failed to win baseball's most prized banner. With the Curse now banished, sportswriter Jerry M. Gutlon arrives on the scene to examine the real causes of the team's long dry spell. Revisionist history for the Fenway faithful.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781602393493
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/9/2009
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,393,201
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Jerry M. Gutlon is an award-winning print and broadcast journalist who has been published in The New York Times and The Washington Post, among other publications. This is his first book.
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