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 life of baseball’s grandest figure, told in extraordinary detailNearly 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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Enjoyable book, well researched, unnecessarily long. - Goodreads
The writing is mediocre. - Goodreads
Good overview of Ruth's life. - Goodreads
Great research on the Babe, great read. - Goodreads
Robert Creamer was an outstanding writer! - Goodreads
A well researched book, but a very boring read. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Barnabas Piper - Goodreads

Written as a complete historical document, incredibly thorough, but too much so for my taste. It is a great way to learn about Ruth but is not a story. The subject is fascinating. The writing is mediocre. Read full review

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Required reading for any fan of the game. 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
Best Pitcher in Baseball
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

Pennant in Providence
Pennant in Boston

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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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