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The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth

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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 Americas best sportswriters.” —Chicago Tribune

Babe Ruth was more than baseballs original superstar. For eighty-five years, he has remained the sports 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 Williamss life, brings his trademark touch to this groundbreaking, revelatory portrait of the Babe.

Based on newly discovered documents and interviews—including pages from Ruths personal scrapbooks —The Big Bam traces Ruths 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 worlds 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.

Synopsis:

Based on newly discovered documents and interviews, Montville traces Ruth's life from his childhood in an orphanage to his amazing baseball career in Boston and New York where he entered the record books as the world's most explosive slugger.

About the Author

LEIGH MONTVILLE, a former columnist at the Boston Globe and former senior writer at Sports Illustrated, is the author of the bestselling Ted Williams, At the Altar of Speed, Manute,and Why Not Us? He lives in Boston.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780767919715
Author:
Montville, Leigh
Publisher:
Broadway Books
Subject:
Baseball - General
Subject:
Sports - Baseball
Subject:
Baseball players
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Baseball players -- United States.
Subject:
Ruth, Babe
Subject:
Sports
Subject:
Biography-Sports
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2 8- PAGE B and W PHOTO INSERTS
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
8.16x5.56x.91 in. .81 lbs.

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