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 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.
I found this book to to be refreshing and thoughtfully written. I like the premise that the author Leigh Montville uses to let us have a glimps into the life that was Babe Ruth.
The life of Babe Ruth has always been one of great memories for me as I had the stories told to me by my father about Babe and the New York Yankees. To this day the goose bumps arise when I recall the hundreds of different stories I was told by my father about the Babe !!
This book re-woke many of those memories of my childhood, my father, and of course the Babe!!
This is a terrific read and I must highly recommend this book for your enjoyment. There will never be another Babe !!
Baseball then and now - NO comparison!!
This was a very interesting book. I enjoyed the Narrater Adam Grupper his voice was smooth and easy to listen to!
The book covered many things that I did not know about the Babe and for that reason it was work listening to.
This was my first time listening to Grupper, and I found him one of the best I have heard so far!
Yes I found myself not wanting to stop
All in all a great listen, but I wish it would have covered more. It seemed to me that it rushed through his early years to fast. Short read.
Amazing book filled with insights and many details I did not know about the Babe. Listened to it with my 9yr old son who is big baseball fan. It lays out life of Babe Ruth and the course he took. Many ups and more downs then are known. In the end the legend was better then the life he lived. Important read to understand who myth and truth make up the life of celebrity.
Not only was this book chock full of facts as well as "fog," but the narrator really brought it to life. The author does a good job of bridging the "holes" in the story. When you are listening to the Babe's performance in a game, the narrator makes you feel as if you are there. My only regret is that I listened to the abridged before noticing that Audible also has the unabridged version.
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