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The Big Bam The Life and Times of Babe Ruth He was the Sultan of Swat The Caliph of Clout The Wizard of Whack The Bambino And simply to his teammates the Big Bam From the award winning author of the New York Times bestseller Ted Williams come

  • Title: The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth
  • Author: Leigh Montville
  • ISBN: 9780385514378
  • Page: 165
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth By Leigh Montville, He was the Sultan of Swat The Caliph of Clout The Wizard of Whack The Bambino And simply, to his teammates, the Big Bam From the award winning author of the New York Times bestseller Ted Williams comes the thoroughly original, definitively ambitious, and exhilaratingly colorful biography of the largest legend ever to loom in baseball and in the history of organized spHe was the Sultan of Swat The Caliph of Clout The Wizard of Whack The Bambino And simply, to his teammates, the Big Bam From the award winning author of the New York Times bestseller Ted Williams comes the thoroughly original, definitively ambitious, and exhilaratingly colorful biography of the largest legend ever to loom in baseball and in the history of organized sports Montville is one of America s best sportswriters Chicago TribuneBabe Ruth was than baseball s original superstar For eighty five years, he has remained the sport s reigning titan He has been named Athlete of the Century 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 bestselling 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 Balti 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 Montville explores every aspect of the man, paying particular attention to the myths that have always surrounded him Did he really hit the called shot homer in the 1932 World Series Were his home runs really the farthest balls ever hit in countless ballparks around the country Was he really part black making him the first African American professional baseball superstar And was Ruth the high octane, womanizing, heavy drinking fatso of legend or just a boyish, rudderless quasi orphan who did, in fact, take his training and personal conditioning quite seriously 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    1. Good choice if you need a concise bio on the Babe An easy and unobtrusive read, The Big Bam is compact and streamlined, covering Babe Ruth s entire life in as much detail as the casual baseball fan needs.Granted, I don t feel like I really know the man Biography buffs will want something that digs deeper into his personal life I know it s hard to come by, but detail on his childhood is scant here And overall, this treads upon generally known Babe lore womanizing, food and drink binges, turning t [...]

    2. This is a riveting biography of the life of Babe Ruth, the Sultan of Swat, the Big Bam one nom de guerre that I had never heard before The author uses notes from a series of researchers, a number of whom wrote their own biographies of Babe Ruth Hence, he appears to have a rich vein of material from which to mine nuggets on the life of Babe Ruth The focus of the book page 5 This book is an attempt to tell the story again for the Sports Center generation The approach is not so much to tear down th [...]

    3. I am a great baseball fan and this book beckoned me from the library shelves I m glad it did It traces the life and career of probably the greatest baseball player in history, George Herman Ruthe Babe, the Bambino, the Big Bam Much has been written about the Babe, and there is as much mythology as fact that surrounds him.e called shot and the curse of the Bambino come to mind In fact he was brought up in a Catholic orphanage, taken under the wing of a baseball playing priest entered the major le [...]

    4. A credible and focused recap of all that has been written and researched on the Babe However, I fault Montville for not going much beyond his main character He briefly colors his myopic biography with local events but fails to tell the social science study of why Ruth became so much in the eyes of a troubled nation War, Depression, etc I bet he described the infamous infidelity of Ruth 500 times but alas, no details If you are going to be preoccupied by a character flaw, dive into it my boy Jan [...]

    5. I really enjoyed The Big Bam Not only because I married a girl named Bam but because it is really well researched and written Some well researched biographies can be good but when you get down to it come across a little boring Fortunately Leigh Montville is an excellent writer with a fascinating topic Like most people I knew the broad strokes of the story which is that The Babe was the first great home run hitter, traded early by Red Sox to Yanks, was a pitcher first and lived a hard drinking wi [...]

    6. The Big Bam The Life and Times of Babe Ruth is a very interesting book which talks all about the beautiful life of Babe Ruth It goes in depth about how Babe Ruth suddenly arose to fame in the 1920 s and how that era started being called The Roaring Twenties The book follows Ruth from his younger days when he was in the orphanage and includes the first time he ever played baseball with his friends and hit a homerun Then it goes on to his early days with the Red Sox when he was a very young but ex [...]

    7. I never had any particular interest in Babe Ruth, and thought of him as just a baseball player Reading this book gave me a whole new perspective and an incredible amount of respect for Ruth s accomplishments He led a life of excess in all departments alcohol, women, gambling , yet still delivered on the baseball diamond, year after year Ruth was such a great all round athlete that in 1933 he pitched a complete game for the Yankees and won , almost two decades after he first entered the major lea [...]

    8. I love these kids of biographies about the old sports heroes of long ago the Big Bam obviously about Babe Ruth was very well researched and written the author did a great job of humanizing a guy who, over the years, has taken on an almost myth like status Ruth was a very good ball player pitcher as well as the hitter he was most known for He came from humble beginnings and worked his way to the top of his profession On one hand he was always that kid who was plucked out of that school for boys i [...]

    9. Bill Spaceman Lee has always spoken well of Leigh Montville, but not having great access to the Boston press, my exposure to him has been limited to his Ted Williams biography, which I flat out could not get into He does a better job here, but, except for using the word fog over and over again, adds nothing to Creamer s definitive work It is engaging and well written Maybe I ll give the Williams bio another go.

    10. This book is fantastic for any baseball history fanatic, this book goes into depth about the life and the background of one of the greatest baseball players ever to step on the plate, Babe Ruth The depth that Leigh goes into with the background and the stuff Babe did before and outside of baseball is fantastic Leigh opened us to how Ruth was then just the slugger he is normally known for, showing us the impact that Babe had on lives outside of baseball Great for people who enjoy history and bas [...]

    11. Terrific look at the man , who in reality, saved baseball Tremendously easy read that is laid out and concise, also provides the side of the man that should not be celebrated Easily, in my opinion, the best Ruth saga I ve read.

    12. Great Read I ve read a few Babe Ruth books, this one I learned a few new things and also found it to be a upbeat style than others but still keeping to the facts Defintely would recommend this title to others.

    13. This was the most complete book about Babe Ruth I have read It is not just about Babe the baseball player, but about the American icon he was and continues to be today A great read, enjoy

    14. Rediscovering Babe Ruth The Big Bam The Life and Times of Babe Ruth by Leigh MontvilleDoubleday, 2006I was given The Big Bam as a gift last fall by a great friend who knows of my passion for baseball I decided then that the right time to read the book would be at the start of the 2007 baseball season as Barry Bonds began his march toward becoming the all time homerun leader.Having read and been disappointed by a number of other sports biographies, I must admit that I didn t hold out much promise [...]

    15. Riveting If Ruth wasn t bigger than life, he certainly was bigger than baseball It s strange, because he was a regular guy, loaded with vices and LOUD about them The writer s back then didn t look to destroy him as they would today Rather they wrote their stories with the sordid details missing, and the readers were left to fill in the blanks The readers did so, and the Babe s life became a tapestry of myth, legend, and fact.And by the way, for all the Tiger Woods, Micheal Jordan, and other supe [...]

    16. He was a hero to millions and known by an assortment of names The Sultan of Swat, The Colossus of Clout, The Great Bambino, and on and on and on Fans called him The Babe, but his teammates called him The Bam He is legendary for his ability to smash home runs, setting a record that stood until only recently and many will argue that it still stands , and nearly every one was the longest ball ever hit in that park Legend has it that near the end of his career he even had the arrogance to point to t [...]

    17. In the mid 1990 s while on an extended vacation to New York City one of the places I made the pilgrimage to was the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, NY The HOF is an amazing place to be sure but the stand out moment and the memory that has stuck with to this day was when I weaved my way through the museum to Babe Ruth s display or should I say room I m a confirmed Non Yankee Fan but the instant I walked into the room with Ruth s memorabilia my mouth fell open in awe and goose b [...]

    18. Big Bam366 PagesBabe Ruth was a unknown person, with people not knowing about his life and even his existence until he got to the high school This was a big step in Babe Big Bam Ruth s life He went from a mediocre St Mary s baseball player to a starting Boston Red Sox Pitcher and then a Batter Because of his talent and all around skills Babe was such a great all around baseball player that he threw a No Hitter and hit 30 Home runs in the same year He was the Miguel Cabrera of his time Lou Gehrig [...]

    19. In our elementary school classroom we had a collection of theorange bound biographies, on presidents, inventors, explorers, patriots.The only marking on the memorable covers was the name Among theseveral I read, one was labeled Babe Ruth The next year or so infourth grade, despite misgivings from the librarian, I checked out agrownup bio on the Babe Well, she was right it was too tough for meto get through it My Mom Dad had stories and opinions on the Babe, though they wouldhave only been unawar [...]

    20. The author, Leigh Montville, starts this biography of Babe Ruth by describing at length the spate of biographies written about Babe Ruth in the mid seventies almost apologetically foreshadowing that his biography will not have anything new to add aside from at times a quirky narrative One quirk that grew irritating as the book went on was his repeated references to the fog that surrounds much of Ruth s life, anytime Montville discussed an interesting part of Ruth s life, he would end by saying [...]

    21. What better way to begin a marathon July Fourth holiday read than to finish a book about the All American slugger, Babe Ruth Clearly he may have been one of the best pitchers and hitters to ever play the game He revolutionized the approach to hitting and home runs and changed the game forever.Just as I was surprised to discover Ted Williams was Hispanic, I was surprised to find that in his time people thought Babe might be African American Leigh Montville s fine book goes to great lengths to try [...]

    22. The Sultan of Swat, the Bambino, the Big Bam, the King of Crash, the Colossus of Clot These names only scratch the surface of who Babe Ruth was Most of the story of George Herman Ruth is in a fog according to the author We will never know the full story of Babe Ruth and it will be forever lost in time Perhaps, just the way the Babe wanted it From his upbringing in a boys home at a young age to his rise in the major league, it seems like he was always trying to fill a void He is a glutton An over [...]

    23. Like many people my age who only follow baseball casually, my knowledge of the life and times of Babe Ruth is fuzzy I knew he was a pitcher with the Red Sox before going to the Yankees I had heard the story of the kid in the hospital that he promised to hit a home run for, as well as the story of him pointing to the bleachers with his bat just before smashing a homerun to that spot during the World Series but I had no idea if either story was true Of course I knew he was the dominate player of h [...]

    24. Finished The book indeed picked up around page 170 of 400 pages I can t figure out why it took so long to heat up there wasn t a lot of information about Ruth s formative years, so maybe that s it Or, perhaps I just liked reading about the glory years of Ruth alongside Gehrig and hearing about what baseball was like in the Great Depression The most frustrating part of this biography was the lack of, well, biographical info Ruth rarely talked about his past, his family life, etc Regardless, I rea [...]

    25. Though I m a big baseball fan, I don t know too much about Babe Ruth I had no idea he started as a pitcher The man was quite the ball player That being said, he really wasn t that nice of a guy I wonder why authors want to write books and books and books about people just because they are famous There really wasn t much to like about Babe Ruth I haven t read anything else about him but this book was filled with holes in his life The author often than not said this area of his life is foggy or D [...]

    26. I did not enjoy this book at all because of the pace and the style that the author chose to write this book in The main reason why I didn t enjoy reading this book at all is because of how the author wrote the book At times she would state a fact or an event, but then in the next sentence she will say, or maybe this happened Nobody actually knows And it would just throw everything off because I questioned if the author actually knew anything about Babe Ruth besides his baseball career Honestly t [...]

    27. The thing I take from a book like this is while Babe Ruth may have been a little over the top during his playing days, he is a sympathetic figure in a lot of ways He was a boy without a family, raised in a school for wayward boys , and then thrust into the spotlight as the nation s greatest baseball player For all the money he made as a player, the revenues he generated was much greater than that All he wanted to do was show that he could manage in the majors, and like much of his career, he was [...]

    28. This is a superior book about one of the most famous sports figures of the last 100 years in America Babe Ruth The author tries to dispel the fog surrounding many details of the Babe s life, especially his early years Also, there is a great deal about the media developing in the 1st half of the 20th Century from simple reports of each game, to the practice of reporters travelling with teams, to players submitting ghost written articles, to the beginning of radio, and finally the televising of ba [...]

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