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Abstract

In Cooperstown, New York, the halls of the National Baseball Hall of Fame are drenched in timeless jerseys, oil-stained gloves, and an array of tarnished bats donned by the heroes of the sport. While some of these idols ended their careers with a tip of the cap, carrying their achievements proudly, enshrined in statues and plaques, others may have not been so lucky. Like the myths of demigods, some heroes meet their demise too early. By providing innovative insight into the lives outside of the baseball diamond of some of the most prolific baseball players of America’s pastime, this exploration details a harrowing account of the respective downfalls of Lou Gehrig, Mickey Mantle, and Babe Ruth.

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