'A Foremost Part in the Work of Relieving Distress': When the Giants and Yankees Offered a Lifeline to the Titanic’s Survivors

By Dan VanDeMortel

This article was published in the 2017 The National Pastime.

The sinking of the Titanic in 1912 clings to American memory, slicing across all demographic divides. New York was the epicenter of catharsis, and the place baseball played an unexpected role in alleviating suffering.   Like 9/11, the sinking of the Titanic clings to American memory, slicing across sex, race, age, geographical, and class divides. Generations later, mental snapshots of the disaster develop at the briefest mention. An iceberg on a moonless night. The Law of the Sea: women and . . .

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