The Press: The Babe Ruth Story

For days, the headlines had chanted that the count was 3 & 2. Yet on the night when death finally came to Babe Ruth, New Yorkers found the news hard to believe. Newspaper switchboards lit up within minutes after the radio bulletin, and were jammed for hours. At Memorial Hospital five extra operators were put on, to repeat over & over that Ruth had died.

No death since Franklin Roosevelt's had moved the people—and the press—to such maudlin excess. Between the pumped-up sentimentality of the public mind and the morticianly manners of the public prints, it was impossible to decide which influenced...

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