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All the Babe's Men: Baseball's Greatest Home Run Seasons and How They Changed America Hardcover – March, 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc. (March 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597979384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597979382
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #943,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“No recurring event in American sports has ever captured the public’s imagination like the home run. And no athlete has ever quite matched the home run hitter in terms of fan fascination. From the Olympian Babe Ruth to the everyman Roger Maris to the tragically flawed Barry Bonds, baseball fans have treated the home run and the players who hit them in record numbers as the apotheosis of baseball. Eldon Ham has explored the origins and development of the ‘home run mystique’ and the reason why it gained such an exalted place in American popular culture. Part cultural history and part meditation on the deepest meaning of baseball, All the Babe’s Men provides a provocative interpretation of the national pastime’s signature event.”—J. Gordon Hylton, professor of law, Marquette University, and former director, National Sports Law Institute

“As a historian and law professor, Eldon Ham is uniquely positioned to show us why the home run has always meant something beyond the box score—and why it always will. All the Babe’s Men will prove both entertaining and informative for baseball fans, sports professionals, and history buffs alike.”—Stephen Veltman, player representative and general counsel, SFX Baseball Group

About the Author

ELDON L. HAM has taught sports law at Chicago-Kent College of Law since 1994 and was one of the first lawyers to challenge the NFL’s drug policy in court (Richard Dent v. NFL, 1988). He is the sports legal analyst for WSCR sports radio in Chicago and has appeared on dozens of radio stations coast to coast as a sports lawyer, expert, and historian. He is also the author of The Playmasters: From Sellouts to Lockouts—an Unauthorized History of the NBA; Larceny & Old Leather: The Mischievous Legacy of Major League Baseball; and Broadcasting Baseball: A History of the National Pastime on Radio and Television. He lives near Chicago.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lee Oliff on July 30, 2013
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The author, Eldon Ham, provides a great perspective on not only the monumental homerun chases throughout history, but why Americans have been attracted to the homerun.

Great book for historians and baseball fans alike, especially those interested in the history of baseball and/or the evolution of the homerun.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SONGAMC on March 1, 2014
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Mr. Ham hits a "grand slam" linking baseball / home runs to historical global events, people, places, the show Seinfeld and William "the refrigerator" Perry to make the book fun and educational. Must read for all baseball fans and anyone interested in global history.

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