CONSTRUCTING A LEGEND SINCE 1919
THE WRITTEN WORD
   Babe Ruthís rise to legendary status coincided with a boom in the sportswriting industry. From 1915 to 1925, the average metropolitan newspaper doubled the amount of pages it devoted to sports coverage. Writers like Grantland Rice, Heywood Broun, Shirley Povich, Frank Lieb, John Kieran, Damon Runyon and Paul Gallico made a profession of covering the athletes in the golden age of sports. Inevitably, their writing turned skilled athletes into legends by waxing poetic about their accomplishments. According to Rice, "When a sportswriter stops making heroes out of athletes, itís time to get out of the business," (Inabinett, p. ix).
   Sportswriters during this time traveled with the athletes and teams they covered and frequented many of the same establishments. Though other journalists claimed that this damaged their journalistic objectivity, sportswriters defended this behavior by writing engaging and revealing stories about the athletes that would not have been possible without such intimate contact. But the relationship sportswriters had with their athletes also deterred them from exposing the perhaps sordid details of their personal life. "We sing of [MORE]
 
 

THE TYING GAME
By Heywood Broun
   The Ruth is mighty and shall prevail. He did yesterday. Babe made two home runs and the Yankees won from the Giants at the Polo Grounds by a score of 4 to 2. This evens up the World's Series, with one game for each contender.
   It was the first game the Yankees won from the Giants since Oct. 10, 1921, and it ended a string of eight successive victories for the latter, with one tie thrown in.
   Victory came to the American League [MORE]
 
CHANGING THE GAME
The move from science to slugging
   When Babe Ruth burst onto the national spotlight in 1920 with a 54 homer season, he knocked the baseball world flat on its back. During the 1900s and 1910s, pitchers dominated the game. Some of the greatest moundsmen graced the stage in the early twentieth century. Cy Young, Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson and Grover Cleveland Alexander scuffed, sandpapered and spiked the baseball to enhance the movement on the ball. They smeared dirt, licorice and tobacco juice onto the ball so that hitters would have a difficult time seeing it as it approached the plate. A single ball was used for [MORE]