Tigers History Podcast – Episode #008 – Amber Roessner, author of ‘Inventing Baseball Heroes: Ty Cobb, Christy Mathewson, & the Sporting Press in America’

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Amber Roessner talks about the relationship between baseball stars and journalists in the early 20th century, and how historians today evaluate the complex personality and image of Ty Cobb.

1:30    growing up in Georgia as a fan of Ty Cobb
3:48    how Cobb got Grantland Rice’s attention as a minor leaguer in 1904
6:49    the “gee whiz” school of sports journalism in the 20th century
10:04  how the press painted Cobb and Mathewson as gentlemen and heroes
15:23   how Cobb’s image changed over time
17:19   why Cobb and Mathewson had ghostwritten articles appear in their name
21:14   Cobb and Mathewson’s dangerous chemical weapons accident while serving together during World War I
22:39   why the press was reluctant to embrace Babe Ruth as baseball’s savior in the 1920s
24:26   how the press’ role in sports coverage today compares with a century ago
28:04   historians’ role in examining competing claims and narratives about Ty Cobb
34:22   the marginalization of female sports writers and sports historians

 

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