Babe Ruth was such a gigantic presence in the baseball world while a player for over 20 years, and his legend and legacy still lives on in the minds of spots-minded (and other) Americans, including myself. One of my father's favorite stories was of seeing Babe Ruth play in one of his barnstroming tours of our region when he was just a young boy. Even after more than 50 years, he could recall that day clearly. That's the type of impact Ruth had on everyone of his time, and many thereafter. This new biography goes into his life, both on and off the field, and it doesn't seek to hide or diminish his foibles and flaws. After all, they are part of what made Ruth, an icon who did more than anyone else to truly make baseball "America's sport"!
Imagine - Babe Ruth, The Bambino himself, slipping around on a pair of ice skates trying to give hockey a shot. I have to smile at that. Apparently, The Babe gave ice hockey a shot during his years with the Red Sox. The Big Bam, by Leigh Montville, contains a lot of the same old things we've come to know and love. Yeah, we all know Babe Ruth was a relentless carouser who loved his beer, women, and franks. We all know he started loosening his belt at an early age and might … more
Of the several Ruth biographies I have read, this is probably the most interesting and readable of the bunch. It is quite fast moving, easy to follow, does not overwhelm you with statistics and is simply fun to read. Not only does it give a very good account of the life of a great baseball player, it also gives quite a good sketch of the condition, mood and flavor of our country at that time in our history, warts and all. So much of Ruth the man and Ruth the legend, is so tied up with the culture … more
I'm a small town general practice attorney in the hard coal region of Pennsylvania. Books are my passion, andI read as many of them asI can. Being the President of the local library board for over … more
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