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Publisher's Summary

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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"[Montville is] one of America's best sportswriters." (Chicago Tribune)

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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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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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding book

This was an excellent book on the life of Babe Ruth. Every baseball fan should read. Babe Ruth was probably one of the greatest or the greatest ever to play the game. This book tells a story not only about baseball of this era but the life he lived.

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Great baseball book

What a ride thru the life and times of the Babe!!! The book had me smiling and laughing all the way thru, the guy just never stop moving!!!

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Babe still rules

Great story.
The Babe saved baseball no doubt about it.
This was great book.
I wonder if he would hit a hundred HRs today!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Pretoria, South Africa
  • 02-05-15

Super Babe

Outstanding biography of the Babe's amazing energetic life, well read. Great for the baseball fan, but also just a great story.

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The Legend, and the Man

Leigh Montville is a long time sportswriter for the Boston Globe goes behind baseballs greatest player and finds; well basically, he finds mystery unanswered questions and many stories of excess. He also passed on many of the extraordinary legends surrounding "The Bambino's" excessive appetite for food, drink, women, and spending.
He also brought forth the less well known facets of of the slugger's life; Ruth seeking out a personal trainer. Ruth being one of the few players making enough money to not need an off-season job. The unwillingness of the games owners to look past his earlier indiscretions, his image having been forever forged by his wild, reckless twenties.
Montville investigates stories about the supposed feuds between Ruth and fellow Yankee legend Lou Gehrig, his Hall-of-Fame manager Miller Huggins and his chief challenger as the games preeminent player Ty Cobb. A better than average biography and an excellent book on baseball.

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A wonderfully written book

Great story telling of the life of Babe Ruth. And of course Scott Brick as narrator makes it even more special....

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A wonderful book!

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?

No

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

Yes, absolutely.<br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/><br/>

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book.<br/>

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The Sultan of swat!

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This book captures Babe's personality and larger than life baseball career. He is personally an idol for me and has been for years, although this book informed me of some facts that I didn't know before.<br/><br/>His personality, his humour, his home runs and his baby face are what make Babe Ruth one of the most entertaining sports personalities of the century. Whether you're a fan of baseball or not, buy this book as it will engross you and keep you interested throughout. Enough said - BUY IT!