Sport: Home-Run Hysteria

When Babe Ruth hit his 714th and final home run on May 25, 1935, there was no swarm of reporters and photographers standing by to engulf him as he crossed home plate, no special promotional drum rolls. The 10,000 fans in Pittsburgh's Forbes Field that Saturday afternoon gave the aging hero Ruth a polite cheer—it was his third home run of the game—and let him trot quietly into the dugout and baseball history.

It will be very different for Henry Aaron when he ties and then breaks Ruth's record. At a time when sporting events, from true combat like the World Series...

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