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Babe Ruth

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A book by Art Berke

Grade 9-10 An easy-to-read biography illustrated with an assortment of photographs depicting the life of the immortal George Herman Ruth. The book chronicles Babe Ruth's rise from his underpriviledged childhood on the docks in Maryland to one of … see full wiki

Author: Art Berke
Genre: Biographies & Memoirs
Publisher: Franklin Watts
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Berke captures the impact that Ruth had on baseball

  • Mar 14, 2010
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Many great ballplayers have walked the diamonds before and after Babe Ruth, but none have ever come close to his star power. He was truly the equivalent of a rock star; he altered the very way the game was played. Before he arrived, the game was "small ball", players worked for simple hits and thought to move one base at a time. However, the home run proved to be so popular with the fans, that in only a few years it became the prime offensive weapon. One of the most incredible sports statistics of all time is the fact that in 1920 Ruth alone hit more home runs than fourteen of the sixteen major league teams. It is difficult for the modern person to realize what baseball was in American society in the first half of the twentieth century. There were virtually no professional sports other than boxing and certainly none where there was action on a daily basis.
Berke captures the larger-than-life Ruth and presents him in his greatness as well as most of his vulnerabilities. Berke mentions Ruth's drinking and staying out all night but there is little said of Ruth's involvement with women other than his wife, especially avoiding any mention of prostitutes. Babe Ruth never really grew up, he remained a street kid all his life, which is why he was always so involved with children.
No matter how many years pass, as long as baseball is played the legend of Babe Ruth will live on. Berke captures the undying legend as well as the impact Ruth had on baseball and America.

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