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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (608 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leigh Montville Narrator: Scott Brick Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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 sports.

Babe Ruth was more 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 more 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 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 Baltimore 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 the myths surrounding the legend. 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 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • 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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Luigib | 2/17/2014

    " i've read a lot of baseball books. This was up there with the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jason Koivu | 2/14/2014

    " Good choice if you need a concise bio on the Babe. Compact and streamlined, The Big Bam covers his entire life in as much detail as the casual baseball fan needs. Biography buffs will want something that digs deeper into his personal life, while rabid baseball fans will desire more in depth analysis about his career, and for those in the middle with little-to-no knowledge of the man beyond the basics that everyone and their grandma already knows, this will be just right. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jared | 2/11/2014

    " The Sultan of Swat, the King of Crash, the Colossus of Clout, the Great Bambino! Babe Ruth is an American cultural icon. And this book is a very revealing look at his life. Definitely a flawed character blessed with amazing talent. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Rob Dhillon | 1/31/2014

    " Fair to middlin'. Fair because of the subject and middlin' because of the writing. "

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