Babe: The Legend Comes to Life

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Open Road Media, Jun 28, 2011 - Biography & Autobiography - 438 pages
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“The best biography ever written about an American sports figure.” —Sports Illustrated Nearly a century has passed since George Herman Ruth made his major league debut, and in that time millions of words have been used to describe baseball’s greatest hero. But for a man like the Babe, for whom the phrase “larger than life” seems to have been coined, those millions of words have created a mythologized legacy. Who was the real Babe Ruth? Relying on exhaustive research and interviews with teammates, family members, and friends, historian Robert W. Creamer separates fact from fiction and paints an honest and fascinating portrait of the slugger. This is the definitive biography of a man who was, in legend and in truth, the best who ever lived.

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User Review  - 5hrdrive - LibraryThing

Terrific biography of the incomparable Babe Ruth, but also a wonderful glimpse at the game of baseball as it was in the 1910's, 20's, and 30's. Received this book from my father-in-law over twenty-five years ago, why it took so long for me to read it I have no idea. Read full review

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User Review  - stnylan - LibraryThing

I have been looking forward to reading this book for a while, ever since I read Baseball in '41 some time ago. Also, I wanted to know more about this mythical figure that looms over baseball in so ... Read full review


Part One 18941919
Babe Ruth Lives
Baltimore at the Turn of the Century
Niggerlips in St Marys
Enter Jack Dunn
Home Run in Fayetteville
Winning with the Orioles
Meeting Helen
How to Punch an Umpire
Switching to the Outfield
Baseball in World War I
The Abortive Strike
Ruth vs Barrow
Magic 29
Sold down the River
Ruth Reaches New York

Pennant in Providence
Pennant in Boston
Best Pitcher in Baseball
Nothing Like It Ever Before
Topping the Amazing Season

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About the author (2011)

Robert W. Creamer (1922–2012) was one of the most distinguished American sportswriters of the last half-century. When Sports Illustrated was founded in 1954, Creamer was one of the first writers added to its masthead. In the late ’60s he began work on a definitive biography of Babe Ruth, whom Creamer had seen as a boy in the stands at Yankee Stadium, when the great player was in his decline. After five years’ work he released Babe, which is still called one of the greatest American sports biographies of all time. In 1984 he published a biography of Casey Stengel, the only man to have worn the uniforms of all four New York ball clubs. Despite retiring in 1984, Creamer continued to write for Sports Illustrated and provide commentary for historical sports documentaries. 

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