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Babe: The Legend Comes to Life Paperback – April 15, 1992
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Creamer has fashioned an extraordinarily readable, concise yet fully detailed biography of this great ball player. There is enough journalism here to satisfy those seeking accuracy, enough analysis for those interested in perspective, and enough elegant writing to please pretty much everybody else.
Beginning at the beginning, and ending, abruptly, at the end, Ruth's life is presented within a vivid portrayal of early 20th century America. His tenacity, exuberance, lust for life is all here, including many unflattering incidents. Warts and all.
If I had to single out the best things about this book, I'd have to start with how Creamer places Ruth's achievements into context. Staggering and astonishing are the two words I keep coming up with. Winning the Home Run Crown is one thing. Winning it over and over again for nearly two decades is another. Setting a home run record is one thing. Doubling the record is entirely another thing.
It took forty years for Maris to break Ruth's record by one. When Ruth broke the record the first time, in 1919, he broke the old record by three or four, hitting 29. The next year, 1920, he hit 54. He averaged 40 a year for SEVENTEEN years.
Before Babe, the all-time home run king hit 136 homers. Ruth passed that in his first few seasons as a full-time (non-pitching) player. Every homer he hit after that extended it...when he hit 700, only 2 other players were in the 300's.
And don't get me started on his pitching. Wait till you read about how good he was.Read more ›
Readers might also enjoy Creamer's biography on Casey Stengel and his narrative of baseball in 1941 (BASEBALL AND OTHER MATTERS). This is an excellent biography by a talented writer.
This Kindle edition has a hyperlinked table of contents and index but contains no photographs save the cover.
This is one of the finest sports biographies I've read.
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It's a well written book that focuses mostly on Ruth the ball player, and to a lesser extent, his overall character. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Michael kenihan
A very good read about one of baseball's greats in what was probably the greatest era of baseball.Published 4 months ago by Chipper L. Caswell
The language is salty at times but otherwise well written with a good mix of game and personal stories.Published 4 months ago by JR
Great book about a great baseball player. Very informative and worth the read.Published 4 months ago by JIM R.
If you are a baseball fan? Or a Babe Ruth fan you will certainly enjoy this book. There is so much information that some is well know while others not so much. Read morePublished 6 months ago by E. Carter