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The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth

by Leigh Montville

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Pretty interesting and thorough biography of Babe Ruth, very readable. ( )
  nmele | Apr 6, 2013 |
This is a case where the biographer interferes with the subject of the story, much as Mr. Montville did with his bio on Ted Williams. ( )
  robertmorrow | Dec 24, 2010 |
Every once in awhile I enjoy a sports biography. Babe Ruth is, by far, one of the most interesting, larger than life sports figures. Born at the tale end of the 19th century, abandoned to a boy's orphanage, he was in the right place at the right time engaged in the right sport to change the nature of the game and to ultimately take the second class NY Yankees and turn them into the greatest baseball team that ever played. ( )
  phoenixcomet | Sep 29, 2010 |
very interesting look at a larger than life character. Peels back many of the myths about the Babe. ( )
  pbs17 | Jan 25, 2009 |
Leigh Montville's The Big Bam is an exhaustively researched book on the life and times of Babe Ruth. Even for the non-sports fan, this book reads like the best of fiction, with a huge personality at its center and a fascinating exploration of how that personality influenced a generation of post war Americans. Entertaining and informative, Montville never shirks from probing into the faults and flaws of this iconic athlete. The book's triumph is in its evocation of supreme glory fading away with time, age, and illness. A milestone biography of a fascinating and elusive personality. ( )
  donaldgallinger | Jun 27, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0767919718, Paperback)

He was the Sultan of Swat. The Caliph of Clout. The Wizard of Whack. The Bambino. And simply, to his teammates, the Big Bam. From the award-winning author of the New York Times bestseller Ted Williams comes the thoroughly original, definitively ambitious, and exhilaratingly colorful biography of the largest legend ever to loom in baseball—and in the history of organized sports.

“[Montville is] one of America’s best sportswriters.” —Chicago Tribune

Babe Ruth was more than baseball’s original superstar. For eighty-five years, he has remained the sport’s reigning titan. He has been named Athlete of the Century . . . more than once. But who was this large, loud, enigmatic man? Why is so little known about his childhood, his private life, and his inner thoughts? In The Big Bam, Leigh Montville, whose recent New York Times bestselling biography of Ted Williams garnered glowing reviews and offered an exceptionally intimate look at Williams’s life, brings his trademark touch to this groundbreaking, revelatory portrait of the Babe.

Based on newly discovered documents and interviews—including pages from Ruth’s personal scrapbooks —The Big Bam traces Ruth’s life from his bleak childhood in Baltimore to his brash entrance into professional baseball, from Boston to New York and into the record books as the world’s most explosive slugger and cultural luminary. Montville explores every aspect of the man, paying particular attention to the myths that have always surrounded him. Did he really hit the “called shot” homer in the 1932 World Series? Were his home runs really “the farthest balls ever hit” in countless ballparks around the country? Was he really part black—making him the first African American professional baseball superstar? And was Ruth the high-octane, womanizing, heavy-drinking “fatso” of legend . . . or just a boyish, rudderless quasi-orphan who did, in fact, take his training and personal conditioning quite seriously?

At a time when modern baseball is grappling with hyper-inflated salaries, free agency, and assorted controversies, The Big Bam brings back the pure glory days of the game. Leigh Montville operates at the peak of his abilities, exploring Babe Ruth in a way that intimately, and poignantly, illuminates a most remarkable figure.

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A portrait of the legendary slugger draws on interviews, recently discovered documents, and Ruth's personal scrapbooks to trace his life from his childhood in an orphanage to his rise to the heights of major league baseball.

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