Rewriting Sporting World Myths

While rumors have circulated for years that a mutual fund CEO beat Michael Jordan in a game of one-on-one during a corporate retreat, the Wall Street Journal has now provided video proof; Babe Ruth, baseball’s most cherished mythical figure, had his “House That Ruth Built” status stripped this week when his monument was removed from the outfield of Yankee Stadium and relocated to the House of Skyboxes next door; and Jemele Hill, a writer for ESPN, recently reflected on some of the most iconic and politically active sports figures of the past (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Muhammad Ali) while praising a new wave of black athletes who, “in the name of Obama, decided to break free from the conventional notion that politics should be kept out of sports.” She adds, “If the Obama effect means more black athletes will feel compelled to become more politically active, then we should see it as an overwhelming, overdue positive. It doesn’t matter whether you voted for John McCain or Obama; nobody should want a society that values staying loyal to the bottom line over standing up for your beliefs. Athletes are in a special position to be heard, and we owe it to them to listen.”