- Dec 14, 2010
"Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio? A nation turns its lonely eyes to you."BotanyBay said:50-75 years ago, in baseball (sorry you cricket and football fans), we (arguably) had bigger "superstars", but it wasn't because these guys were being propped-up by the sporting body. It was because they were genuinely superb individuals. They were appropriately recognized as such by fans and media.
Of course there was a fair amount of 'hero worship' in the media back then as well. George Herman Ruth was a well known womanizing boozer.
Another thing going for baseball in the past, they'd throw out the known/proven cheats, no matter if they'd just won the World Series or held the all time record for number of base hits.
Of course, in the last 15 years baseball had its own doping crisis.
Still your point valid (to me AT LEAST) and well taken.
Let the fans decide who the superstars are based on their performance in competition and the lives the lead outside of it.