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In this day of overamped salaries, statistics, and physiques, it's useful to be reminded of the singular talent and impact Babe Ruth brought to baseball during his career (1914-35). He owned most of the hitting records for decades, including single-season and career home runs--and all this during the "dead ball" era. Even now, the baseball fan can only be awed by what Ruth accomplished, not to mention the adulation he engendered. And if Robert Creamer's highly readableBabe(1974) is still the benchmark biography, Montville (Ted Williams,2004) brings fresh observations to his subject, one being that Ruth probably suffered from attention-deficit disorder, which accounts for his inexhaustible energy for everything from baseball to food to alcohol to sex, not necessarily in that order. And in his vivid account of the years Ruth spent at St. Mary's orphanage in Baltimore, Montville gives readers the measure of what made the man. Montville has also carefully sifted the factual from the hearsay, leaving us with a volume that's reliable, readable, and deserving of a place in the sports or American culture collection.Alan Moores
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ISBN-10:  0385514379
ISBN-13:  978-0385514378
Author:  Leigh Montville
Genre:  Biographies & Memoirs
Publisher:  Doubleday
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review by . March 30, 2013
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 …
review by . June 30, 2006
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 …
review by . May 25, 2006
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 …
The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth
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