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3.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 53.83 out of 5 3.83 (23 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Robert W. Creamer Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2007 ISBN: 9781455172382
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He was the biggest man baseball has ever produced. Babe Ruth transcended the sport that brought him fame, money, and adulation, moving beyond the limits of baselines and outfield fences into the mainstream of American life.

In this extraordinary biography, Robert W. Creamer uncovers the complex and captivating man behind the legend. He presents the truth behind famous Ruth stories such as the “called shot” homers and the home run for a dying child, analyzes the astounding statistics with detailed information on specific games, and describes Ruth’s varied and often volatile relations with those around him, from fellow players to fans, friends, and reporters.

From Babe Ruth’s early days in a Baltimore orphanage, to the glory days with the Yankees, to his final years, Creamer has drawn an indelible portrait of a true sports hero.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Perhaps the best portrait yet struck of an American sports hero.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “The first really adult biography of the Babe, as well as one of the best, and least sentimental, books about a great sports figure ever written.”

    Time Magazine

  • “The best biography ever written about an American sports figure.”

    Sports Illustrated

  • “This book does far more than tell the facts and myths of Babe Ruth’s life. It chronicles a time when baseball was played only on grass and a western road trip for East Coast teams meant a train ride to St. Louis.”

    AudioFile

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John Desmond | 1/4/2014

    " This is the worst biography ever...ever! Creamer wanders way off topic way too frequently. My advice: read the back of a Cheerios box. It will be more interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron Kaplan | 12/7/2013

    " Babe Ruth,classic,biography,Creamer "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lawrence | 11/22/2013

    " Highly recommended bio of Ruth. A flawed hero/genuis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 11/18/2013

    " Wonderful, compassionate biography of a larger than life character who was a real man. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 9/4/2013

    " Babe Ruth is the GREATEST player of all time. Period!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 2/28/2013

    " It's never clear exactly how Creamer gets his quotes, but he paints a vivid picture of a full life. There's just so much here that it feels like he's merely skimming the surface of Ruth's extraordinary life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suj | 8/11/2012

    " A well researched book, but a very boring read. It is great for trivia buffs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jim Swike | 6/9/2012

    " Great research on the Babe, great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brendan | 4/30/2012

    " best baseball bio "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 4/15/2012

    " Really good read that concentrates solely on the what made Babe Ruth a legend. Captures the times well and the ups and downs of Ruth's colorful life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gene Bernacki | 8/26/2011

    " Without a doubt one of the best biographies I have ever read. Robert Creamer was an outstanding writer! Gene Bernacki "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 George Bradford | 3/11/2011

    " Babe Ruth started his major league career as a PITCHER. And he was GREAT. (He was undefeated in four World Series starts, posting a 2-0 record.) Then the Red Sox traded him to the Yankees and all hell broke lose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 1/29/2011

    " He could do so much more than hit home runs. A well written biography about an incredible ball player. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 J.M. | 7/13/2010

    " Certainly didn't leave the big fella draped in gold, so I'll give him that. Plenty of good anecdotes, baseball analysis, but I was hoping for something as good as Ken Burns' "Baseball" in writing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 11/3/2009

    " Wonderful, compassionate biography of a larger than life character who was a real man. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 John | 4/30/2009

    " This is the worst biography ever...ever! Creamer wanders way off topic way too frequently. My advice: read the back of a Cheerios box. It will be more interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anthony | 4/12/2009

    " Really good read that concentrates solely on the what made Babe Ruth a legend. Captures the times well and the ups and downs of Ruth's colorful life. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Suj | 3/15/2009

    " A well researched book, but a very boring read. It is great for trivia buffs. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 11/24/2008

    " He could do so much more than hit home runs. A well written biography about an incredible ball player. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 5/11/2008

    " It's never clear exactly how Creamer gets his quotes, but he paints a vivid picture of a full life. There's just so much here that it feels like he's merely skimming the surface of Ruth's extraordinary life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 George Bradford | 2/22/2008

    " Babe Ruth started his major league career as a PITCHER. And he was GREAT. (He was undefeated in four World Series starts, posting a 2-0 record.) Then the Red Sox traded him to the Yankees and all hell broke lose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Josh | 1/15/2008

    " Babe Ruth is the GREATEST player of all time. Period!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lawrence | 12/9/2007

    " Highly recommended bio of Ruth. A flawed hero/genuis. "

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About the Author

Robert W. Creamer is an American sportswriter and editor. He was one of the first hired on the staff of Sports Illustrated in 1954 and served the magazine as a senior editor until 1984. Also an accomplished author, he wrote the most definitive biography of Babe Ruth, entitled Babe, in 1974.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.