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Degree Name

MA (Master of Arts)


Communication, Professional

Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Robert D. Funk

Committee Members

Joseph D. Sobol, Melissa Shafer


Babe Ruth, American Herois a one-person play that chronicles the life of sport's greatest legend and first superstar. The manuscript and performance represent over a year of research, writing and rehearsing. The process to produce a first draft of a manuscript began by researching biographies, autobiographies, documentaries, and the websites including Babe Ruth, the Babe Ruth Museum, and the Baseball Hall of Fame. A production staff was assembled and on April 27, 2002, at the Veterans Memorial Theatre, in Johnson City, TN, a staged reading of the play was performed before an audience. The manuscript underwent a series of rewrites, and the play premiered on October 18 and 19, 2002, at the Bud Frank Theatre, East Tennessee State University Campus.

The article that follows contains the first and final drafts of the play, as well as supplemental, promotional, and program information.

Document Type

Thesis - restricted


Copyright by the authors.