- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (April 15, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780671760700
- ISBN-13: 978-0671760700
- ASIN: 067176070X
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 133 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #187,525 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Robert W. Creamer is a senior writer for Sports Illustrated and has been a member of that magazine's staff since its inception in 1954. He is also the author of Stengel and Baseball in '41.
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Highly recommended. Great job by Robert Creamer. You can also see him on the Ken Burns video of Baseball where he talks extensively about the Babe.
Robert W. Creamer wrote a great book. Its 443 pages of interesting reading with no boring parts. Great B/W pictures too. I read the page burner in 3 days and had difficulty putting it down. The book reads smooth and the reader is given thousands of interesting baseball facts about George Herman Ruth growing up, his family and being put in a boys reform school at a young age for many years. With the help of one of the catholic brothers young teenager Ruth is disciplined, given an education, a small part time job and being allowed to play in sports especially baseball.
We see his natural ability as a pitcher, and the beginning of becoming a power hitter. Eventually we see him spotted as a player and getting a contract to the minor league. He does great as a pitcher and some hitting. The Red Sox give him a small contract and he is in MLB. May still do not know Babe Ruth was a great pitcher, who if would of stayed a pitcher would of eventually been a HOF pitcher.
However we see Ruth hitting monstrous deep home runs. Many are amazed at the distance and frequency. The Red Sox had money flow problems and would not offer Ruth a fair contract so they sold him to the Yankees.
We see his partying life style, drinking, huge eating and having sex with many women. He marries a young 16 year old women but is unfaithful to her. We see him not listening to his managers, missing curfew, etc. and getting numerous fines and suspensions. His first wife died in a fire after being separated from the Babe for about 3 years. He remarries but still is not faithful to his second wife.
The reader is shown Babe never really grew up and consistently disliked someone telling him what to do and controlling him. This may have been partially because of his locked up, imprisonment at the reform school. He got out and went crazy grabbing life with two hands and doing as much as he could when he could. The Babe is shown not deliberately wanting to hurt people but he would do what he wanted and got many people offended by his larger than life lifestyle. The reader is shown Babes kindness especially to children, spending hours signing autographs, playing games with kids and his family and going to hospitals to see sick people and cheer them up. We do see his kind side.
We see him hitting 714 home runs the home run king till hammering Hank Arron broke his record and Roger Maris broke his 60 home run single season record. What is remarkable is Ruth played much of his baseball years in the dead ball years and a few times hit more home runs than entire teams did. He had a great average, slugging percentage,rbi, etc. MVP,led baseball in many statistics year after year, playing in many World Series and the first group elected in the Hall of Fame! You name it,the Babe did it!( Except manage in MLB...he desperately wanted that).
Because of his crazy almost inhuman off field antics and high cost no one wanted to let him manage. The Boston Braves did a crappy deal with him as an assistant manager/player. The owner really put the screws to him for the gate (money). The Babe quits.
We see his physical collapse with cancer. The book has a sad, sad ending of Ruth suffering in super pain and using morphine and other drugs to combat the pain.
What a great player. I don't approve of his off field lifestyle but in a way I can understand his grabbing life with both hands after being stuck in a reform school for so many years. INMO The greatest ball player of all time because of his tremendous offensive power and his early great pitching ability. INMO no one comes close to the complete ball player (offensive player with so many records and super great stats and earlier a super great pitcher). The baseball player/steroid users of today INMO don't even count in the stat records.
Babe The Legend Comes to Life a great baseball book and a great read for anyone wanting to learn about a man who lived life in high gear on and off the field. 5 stars