The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth

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Broadway Books, May 1, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 390 pages
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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 theNew York TimesbestsellerTed Williamscomes 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 whowasthis large, loud, enigmatic man? Why is so little known about his childhood, his private life, and his inner thoughts? InThe Big Bam, Leigh Montville, whose recentNew York Timesbestselling 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 Bamtraces 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 Bambrings 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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Review: The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth

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The author, Leigh Montville, starts this biography of Babe Ruth by describing at length the spate of biographies written about Babe Ruth in the mid seventies almost apologetically foreshadowing that ... Read full review

Review: The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth

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In the mid-1990's while on an extended vacation to New York City one of the places I made the pilgrimage to was the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY. The HOF is an amazing place ... Read full review

Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
7
Section 3
17
Section 4
32
Section 5
47
Section 6
62
Section 7
81
Section 8
93
Section 16
198
Section 17
214
Section 18
224
Section 19
240
Section 20
252
Section 21
267
Section 22
281
Section 23
297

Section 9
106
Section 10
127
Section 11
142
Section 12
159
Section 13
172
Section 14
180
Section 15
185
Section 24
314
Section 25
330
Section 26
347
Section 27
357
Section 28
367
Section 29
368
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LEIGH MONTVILLE, a former columnist at theBoston Globeand former senior writer atSports Illustrated, is the author of the bestsellingTed Williams,At the Altar of Speed,Manute,andWhy Not Us?He lives in Boston.


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