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Babe Ruth: Religious Icon

Department of Religion, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 19122, USA
Religions 2019, 10(5), 337;
Received: 24 April 2019 / Revised: 15 May 2019 / Accepted: 17 May 2019 / Published: 23 May 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sport, Spirituality, and Religion: New Intersections)
Babe Ruth is a mythic figure in American baseball history. His extraordinary skills and legendary exploits are central to the idea of baseball as America’s national pastime and are woven into the fabric of American history and iconography. Much has been written about Ruth’s life, his extraordinary physical powers, and the legends that grew up around him that made him a mythic figure. The story of Babe Ruth as it has been told, however, has not included its meaning from the perspective of the study of religion and sport. This paper explores the life and legends of Babe Ruth to illustrate the significance of Ruth’s identity as a Catholic in early twentieth-century America and the fundamental connections between Ruth’s story and the Christian myth and ritual that is foundational to American civil religion. View Full-Text
Keywords: Baseball; Babe Ruth; American Catholicism Baseball; Babe Ruth; American Catholicism
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