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The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth Paperback – May 1, 2007
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In this day of overamped salaries, statistics, and physiques, it's useful to be reminded of the singular talent and impact Babe Ruth brought to baseball during his career (1914-35). He owned most of the hitting records for decades, including single-season and career home runs--and all this during the "dead ball" era. Even now, the baseball fan can only be awed by what Ruth accomplished, not to mention the adulation he engendered. And if Robert Creamer's highly readable Babe (1974) is still the benchmark biography, Montville (Ted Williams, 2004) brings fresh observations to his subject, one being that Ruth probably suffered from attention-deficit disorder, which accounts for his inexhaustible energy for everything from baseball to food to alcohol to sex, not necessarily in that order. And in his vivid account of the years Ruth spent at St. Mary's orphanage in Baltimore, Montville gives readers the measure of what made the man. Montville has also carefully sifted the factual from the hearsay, leaving us with a volume that's reliable, readable, and deserving of a place in the sports or American culture collection. Alan Moores
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“A comprehensive look at a gargantuan life.” —People
“Montville is refreshingly nonjudgmental about his superstar subject. First-rate biography.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review
“Crisp analogies and astute observations, combined with a fluid writing style, are Leigh Montville’s strengths in this definitive biography of the Splendid Splinter. Montville’s writing is rich and full, like a Ted Williams swing. He connects solidly. A raw, no-holds-barred view of [Williams’s] life.” —Tampa Tribune
“An engaging, fascinating read.” —San Diego Tribune
“Ted Williams is not only a first-rate sports biography, but also a first-rate biography, period.” —Baltimore Sun
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As for the actual book, Montville tells the story in fine fashion. He notes that much of Ruth's early life (and some of his later life) is a mystery. Rather than speculate what happened, as other writers have done), he simply notes that "the fog again covers this part of his life, and we don't know". Good for him! Ruth's life was an amazing story. Yes, he lived and played in an era when sportswriters didn't scrutinize players' lives as they do today. But, Ruth was one of a kind. A great story, if marred with his overuse of the slur.
The book is well written, and flows very well. I found it to be one of those books that I hate to finish, because I enjoyed reading it so much. If you enjoy biographies or a fondness for baseball history I think you will enjoy this book. JRLinTN
Dr. Stanley E. Toompas, Optometrist
& Author of, "I'm the One the Other Isn't"