Lecture: Glenn Stout, “The Selling of the Babe”

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Date(s) - May 24, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Falmouth Historical Society & Museums on the Green


The sale of Babe Ruth by the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees in 1919 is one of the pivotal moments in baseball history, changing the fortunes of two of baseball’s most storied franchises, changing the game forever and helping to create the legend of the greatest player the game has ever known.

More than a simple transaction, the sale resulted in a deal that created the Yankee dynasty, turned Boston into an also-ran, sold the American people on the modern home run era after the Black Sox scandal and led the public to fall in love with Ruth. Award-winning baseball historian Glenn Stout reveals brand-new information about Babe and the unique political situation surrounding his sale, including:

– The political battle among baseball’s elite that inspired the sale.

– How Prohibition and the lifting of Blue Laws in New York affected Yankees owner and beer baron Jacob Ruppert.

– Reveals how a shortage of quality wool due to World War One led to changes in the way baseballs were made that resulted in the inadvertent creation of the “lively” ball.

– Uncovers Ruth’s disruptive influence on the Red Sox in 1918 and 1919, and uses  sabermetrics to showing his negative impact on the team as he transitioned from pitcher to outfielder.

The Selling of Babe is the first book to focus on the ramifications of the sale and captures the central moment of Ruth’s evolution from player to icon, and will appeal to fans of The Kid and Pinstripe Empire. Babe’s sale to New York and the subsequent selling of Ruth to America led baseball from the Deadball Era and sparked a new era in the game, one revolved around the long ball and one man, The Babe.

Lecture: Glenn Stout, "The Selling of the Babe"

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