Cal Ripken:
Modern-Day Lindbergh or Media Myth?

Abstract

At a time when major league baseball had devolved from the modern era of free agency to the postmodern debacle of a labor dispute between millionaire players and billionaire owners, the media elevated Cal Ripken Jr. as a throwback to baseball's romantic past. As with Charles Lindbergh 66 years earlier, the media portrayed Ripken as a symbol of all that is good and right about America. But lurking beneath the surface of this apple- pie-in-the-sky picture is an undercurrent of hegemony, sexism and racism.

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