Baseball in the 1920´s was filled with superlative players, managers, and teams with game-altering changes in strategy, equipment, and ballparks. In 1920 George Herman (Babe Ruth) made his debut as a New York Yankee. Babe Ruth had previously played for the Boston Red Sox. Rules were imposed, forbidding pitchers to improve their odds with the batter by scuffing or adding foreign substances to balls.
They made these changes to help batters hit home runs. The 1920´s provided an extraordinary gathering of legendary players such as the Yankees Babe Ruth, The Detroit Tigers Ty Cobb, And the Cleveland Indians Tris Speaker. Massive sports stadiums were built such as the Yankee Stadium and Madison Square Garden. The Baseball’s World Series was broadcast on radio for the first time in October 1921. Americans listened to the thrilling radio commentary as the New York Giants defeated the New York Yankees.
Babe Ruth was a Baseball sports star who became a national hero, famous for hitting hundreds of home runs. In 1920 Babe Ruth hit over 54 home runs and in 1927 he hit 60. Babe Ruth won the World Series on seven different occasions.
His real name was George Herman Ruth he was nicknamed “Babe” when he was under contract to Jack Dunn and a sportswriter referred to him as one of “Dunn’s babes.” Babe Ruth became a multi-millionaire earning over $2,000,000 during his career. The most popular sports in the 1920’s were boxing, baseball, basketball and football but other sports also attracted vast interest such as ice hockey, tennis, athletics, golf and swimming, especially when sports stars achieved worldwide success.The vast majority of College students in the 1920’s were men and its history dated back to 1859. The first Sporting favorites in college included baseball and football. The range soon extended to include athletics, gymnastics and basketball. Spectators and gate receipts became a regular part of college games. The number of women attending college rose to just about 10 percent of the population by the end of the 1920’s.
Physical Education was a feature of college life for women. This did not include competitive games or those requiring any form of physical contact. Women participated in more ‘genteel’ sporting activities such as bowling, golf, boating, ice skating, tennis, archery, swimming, and horseback riding. Boxing and baseball were the first professional sports. Professional football began during the 1920s. Tennis, Golf and Polo were considered more as elitist sports for the wealthy due to the ‘country club’ background of golf, polo and tennis and as a result were dominated by wealthy white players.