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Baseball was considered the American game played by real true blooded Americans Prior to the 1930s the game was almost completely subjugated by the American ethnicity of White Anglo-Saxon Protestants or WASP There was an invisible barrier put around the game of Organized Baseball to keep the other inferior ethnicities from joining in For years only true whites could play the game ball players with other ethnicities would be faced with stereotyping by sport commentators and the Press The efforts and achievements of two great ball players Joe DiMaggio and Hank Greenberg gave everyone a hero that they could look up to and made it clear that baseball greatness goes beyond just ethnicity In the early years it would seem baseball games were following the rules of the Melting Pot theory The theory was intentionally designed to be used on the country of America as a whole The theory treated the country as a giant pot on a giant stove Each ethnicity would be added in in certain amounts In the end each of the distinctive characteristics of the ethnic groups would eventually disappear with time and the brew would be full of ingredients that would be indistinguishable from each other However two important concerns were present It was important to monitor what ethnicity was added in as much as the capacity of mixture to absorb those ingredients This was how discussion of baseball was based on For around the first 3 decades of the 20th century ethnicity of baseball players was deemed relevant and was the basis for commentators Two ethnic groups received the severest of the commentary attacks the Jewish and the Italians until the 1940s when ethnicity lost priority gradually until it was barely commented on at all Two Hall of Famers Joe DiMaggio and Hank Greenberg helped to advance this cause There was a reason to why the Jews and Italians were treated the way they did is connected to the
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