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AUGUST 16 (1927) - Hype*
By Bill Grimes
Aug 16, 2007 - 10:35 PM

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Home run hitter hype

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS • AUGUST 16, 1927 – Babe Ruth did something on this date in 1927 no one else was reportedly able to do for almost 60 years – clear the right field roof at old Comiskey Park in Chicago.
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Comiskey Park, Chicago
The only other left-handed hitter believed to have done that was
Kirk Gibson in 1985, though home plate had been moved up by that time, so Gibson’s shot does not quite measure up to Ruth’s.

 

Babe Ruth’s accomplishments (and antics) got a lot of attention back in the 1920’s and 30’s. He was a national sensation.
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Babe Ruth
How did that come about? There was no television, let alone cable, so no ESPN, CNN, Fox News, MSBNC, CNBS, etc., certainly no Internet. Radio was in its infancy; CBS radio was a year old and only in the northeast, NBC radio was launched that year. ABC wouldn’t be launched for another 16 years. There was no round the clock news, weather, sports coverage.

 

But there were newspapers. Oh, were there newspapers.

 

Believe it or not, there was as much hype about Babe Ruth in the 1920’s as there is about Barry Bonds today. Why? Because a city like New York had ten, count ‘em TEN daily newspapers in 1927. Chicago had more than a half dozen. Just about every city and town had a morning newspaper and an evening newspaper and “Extras” of both throughout the day. All of them followed the exploits of people like Babe Ruth, Red Grange in football and Bobby Jones in golf.

 

Sources:

http://www.stateofthenewsmedia.org/narrative_newspapers_audience.asp?cat=3&media=2

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_broadcasting#United_States

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bobby_Jones_(golfer)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Grange

 

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