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Encore: All the Babe’s Men

HOME RUN! We’ve all heard it announced over a loud speaker at a baseball game or are familiar with the phrase from popular culture, but hitting a home run wasn’t always so common in baseball. This hour on Focus, Jeff Bossert talks with author Eldon Ham about the history of the homerun and his book “All the Babe’s Men.”


(Duration: 51:18)

Babe Ruth

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“It’s a home run,” has become an expression many Americans use every day to describe success, even outside the world of baseball. But, have you ever wondered why? This hour on Focus, we’ll listen back to a conversation Jeff Bossert had with  Eldon Ham about America’s obsession with the home run and what sparked the development of the long ball in baseball. Ham tells us about how the home run became a fixture in the MLB by accident, and we’ll remember Babe Ruth’s historic sixty-homer season in 1927.

With several big hitters in the MLB being accused recently of more steroid use, we’ll also talk with Ham about how the homerun is connected to what he argues is an “inevitable” era of professional doping.