Babe Ruth and the Creation of the Celebrity Athlete

Babe Ruth and the Creation of the Celebrity Athlete

by Thomas Barthel

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ISBN-13: 9781476665320
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 08/13/2018
Pages: 286
Sales rank: 687,664
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Thomas Barthel, a professor emeritus in the State University of New York system, has written seven books. He lives in Clinton, New York.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Author’s Note and Acknowledgments ix

Preface 1

Introduction 5

 1. Reformatory Farewell (1914) 9

 2. A Pitcher Leads (1915) 13

 3. Stardom Arrives (1916) 16

 4. Best at His Craft (1917) 19

 5. Labor Relations 22

 6. Home Run King (1918) 24

 7. Magnates 30

 8. A New Record (1919) 34

 9. New York City and Fans 43

10. New Team, New City (1920) 46

11. Train Travel 59

12. The Yankees, the Judge and the Agent (1921) 61

13. Ruth’s Business Partner, Christy Walsh 75

14. Free to Be a Cartel (1922) 81

15. Celebrity and Hero 92

16. Yankees Win (1923) 96

17. Advertising’s Muscles 103

18. The Usual Greatness (1924) 108

19. Barnstorming 116

20. The Worst (1925) 119

21. Newspapers and Magazines Everywhere 124

22. A Sign of Glory (1926) 128

23. Johnny Sylvester: Seizing an Opportunity 137

24. A Prized Year (1927) 142

25. Radio and Newsreels and ­Play-O-Graph 156

26. Another Sweep (1928) 161

27. Male Clubs and Masculinity 169

28. Many Deaths, One Marriage (1929) 173

29. Ruth and Children 177

30. The $80,000 Year (1930) 182

31. Ruth’s Confederates, the Sportswriters 187

32. The Last Tour (1931) 191

33. Last Times (1932−1935) 199

34. An Entertainer (1936 and After) 212

35. Collecting Baseball Objects 222

Afterword: The Selling of Nostalgia 226

Appendix I: Marketing Ruth 233

Appendix II: Sales of Various Ruth Relics, 1929 to Present 235

Appendix III: Ruth’s Complete Barnstorming Stops in the Continental U.S. and Canada 237

Chapter Notes 243

Bibliography 257

Index 273

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