How Babe Ruth ushered in the era of the home run and the sports celebrity

The mob swarmed around Babe Ruth. In the ninth inning of an exhibition game at Brooklyn’s Dexter Park, just days after the New York Yankees’ triumph in the 1927 World Series, masses of unruly fans were trampling over the field and each other, shoving backs and swinging fists, packing ever closer to the Sultan of Swat. According to one account, a phalanx of policemen had to guide him to safety.

Ruth was grinning. He loved it.

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