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The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth | [Leigh Montville]

The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth was more than baseball's original superstar. For 85 years, he has remained the sport's reigning titan. He has been named Athlete of the Century...more than once. But who was this large, loud, enigmatic man? In The Big Bam, Leigh Montville brings his trademark touch to this groundbreaking, revelatory portrait of the Babe.
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Babe Ruth was more than baseball's original superstar. For 85 years, he has remained the sport's reigning titan. He has been named Athlete of the Century...more than once. But who was this large, loud, enigmatic man? Why is so little known about his childhood, his private life, and his inner thoughts? In The Big Bam, Leigh Montville, whose recent New York Times best-selling biography of Ted Williams garnered glowing reviews and offered an exceptionally intimate look at Williams's life, brings his trademark touch to this groundbreaking, revelatory portrait of the Babe.

Based on newly discovered documents and interviews, including pages from Ruth's personal scrapbooks, The Big Bam traces Ruth's life from his bleak childhood in Baltimore to his brash entrance into professional baseball, from Boston to New York and into the record books as the world's most explosive slugger and cultural luminary.

At a time when modern baseball is grappling with hyper-inflated salaries, free agency, and assorted controversies, The Big Bam brings back the pure glory days of the game. Leigh Montville operates at the peak of his abilities, exploring Babe Ruth in a way that intimately, and poignantly, illuminates a most remarkable figure.

©2006 Leigh Montville; (P)2006 Books on Tape

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    Alan Marion, IA, United States 06-13-06
    Alan Marion, IA, United States 06-13-06 Member Since 2002

    Although I am left-handed, I play the piano right-handed.

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    "The Big Bam"

    I nearly gave up on this book. Over 40 minutes into it before the author stopped speculating and inventing heresay. Reminded me of the awful Babe Ruth movie "The Babe" with John Goodman. Lots of information, but overall disappointing for a baseball nut who understands that Baseball is a game re-invented because of Babe Ruth and that no other figure in its history has been as significant.

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    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 09-16-10
    Alex AUSTIN, TX, United States 09-16-10 Member Since 2005
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    "See Just How Great the Babe Was"

    We know he hit a lot of home runs, but his single season and total records have been broken. So was he really a big deal? This book puts it all into perspective. His stats were staggering compared to everyone else in the era... 3 times as many home runs as the previous leaders. He was as popular as Michael Jordan and John Mayer put together... a symbol of the country. And wait until you read how fast the Babe was going when he was ticketed for speeding down Broadway. The Brick / Montville duo is the best. I would say this is not as good as the Ted Williams book, but close.

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    John J. Russo Morgan City, LA USA 05-28-13
    John J. Russo Morgan City, LA USA 05-28-13 Member Since 2001

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    What did you love best about The Big Bam?

    It was interesting, well written and recited.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All the details of Babe Ruth's life.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, absolutely.










    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book.

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