The Heroic Image: The Lives and Times of Superstars in Two Golden Ages of Sport

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Vol: 3, Issue: 2, Page: 9

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Silvia, Philip T., Jr.
sports; athletics; John L. Sullivan; Michael J. “King” Kelly; Tyrus Raymond “Ty” Cobb; George Herman “Babe” Ruth; Joe Namath; Muhammad Ali; Cultural History; Sports Studies
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If the Summer Olympics of 1984 or the yearly Super Bowl extravaganzas are any indication, Americans continue to be sports-obsessed. It has become increasingly important that we reflect about professional athletes and the public's perception of their role in society. I would like to take a subjective, biographical look at four dominant athletes who influenced American civilization during our two Golden Ages of Sport, namely, the 1920s and the late 1960s-1970s.