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Babe: The Legend Comes to Life Paperback – Bargain Price, April 15, 1992
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The best biography ever written about an American sports figure.
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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 ›
This Kindle edition has a hyperlinked table of contents and index but contains no photographs save the cover.
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.
---The Good Stuff
* Babe lived a fascinating life. Starting out in a combination prison/orphanage, Babe never really had things easy. The book does a very credible job of relating the trials of Babe's youth, and his efforts to use baseball to lift himself out of a bad situation.
* Creamer presents a fairly unvarnished look at Babe's life. The man could be uncouth, crass, borderline uncivilized, and yet generous, gentle and respectful. He could spend money like water, and while he was the highest paid player in the league by a considerable margin, would be broke by the time the next season started.
* By the end of the book, I was very moved by Babe's story, and you almost can feel the tragic hero dying on the battlefield at the end of the last great battle.
* One thing I had never realized was that Babe was an excellent athlete. I always had the caricature of an overweight player whose only real skill was whacking a ball over the fence. Turns out Babe was an excellent pitcher, a reasonable fielder, and was an order of magnitude better than any hitter of his day. The book does an excellent job of presenting those parts of Babe's life that seem lost to history.
----The Not So Good Stuff
*Once again the Kindle edition of a book sets new records for typos and misspellings.
* There are no photos in the book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Comprehensive, detailed, personal, objective and entertaining, this treatment was a pleasure to read, even for someone who doesn't enjoy watching most ballgames.Published 2 months ago by bill r. smith
A good way to learn more about the Babe through story's about his childhood , teens, adulthood. Troubles, achievements ,retirement and everything in between !Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
The most definitive Babe Ruth biography! Mr. Creamer's book is the best book on the Babe for those who really want to know and understand the legend that is "The Babe. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Spressler
The best biography I've ever read and one of the best 2 or 3 baseball books I've read. Amazing how it's still a gread read 40+ years laterPublished 6 months ago by Charlie Mowry
It's a well written book that focuses mostly on Ruth the ball player, and to a lesser extent, his overall character. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Michael kenihan
A very good read about one of baseball's greats in what was probably the greatest era of baseball.Published 10 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 11 months ago by JR