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 at that time, that it is almost impossible to separate the two. This work does the best job of that than any previous I have read. I liked the way the author was very careful to identify speculation from fact when dealing with the so many unknowns in Ruth's life. The author's understanding of the game, as played at that time, is quite good. I was fortunate enough to become a baseball fan quite shortly after Ruth played his last game, so am able to identify, somewhat, with the author's comments and observations. It is quite a different game they play today and we should not loose the knowledge of the roots of this wondeful game. Works such as this go a long way keeping that knowledge alive and well. Thank you Mr. Montville for a wonderful, insightful and enjoyable work!
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
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 … more
Retirement does not suit me and I now substitute teach in our local schools system. I spent twenty years in the military, twenty years in health care as a consultant and have taught in various colleges … more
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