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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (605 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Leigh Montville Narrator: Adam Grupper Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged 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, 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 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 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.

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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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kent Carpenter | 2/20/2014

    " A warts and all view of Babe Ruth. No sugar coating. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dan | 2/13/2014

    " He led such an interesting life. He was kind of a disgusting person - physically, morally, pretty much in every way - but you just can't help but love the guy for how he played the game. Just imagine if he could have used steroids like today's players...that would have been something to see. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Patrick | 2/12/2014

    " Baseball's most Legendary Athlete explodes from the pages...A Biography that captures the Complete Story...from Ruth's Hard Scrabble days as an orphan thru his meteoric rise as perhaps the most iconic Figure in the Game of Baseball....Truth eclipses Fiction as the story comes alive thru a thorough exploration of the Man, Myth, and Legend...The headlines everyone has come to be familair with...PLUS a behind the scenes exploration into his Vices; and those hidden commentaries regarding the REAL relationships both on the Field and Off that keep you turning the pages until his tragic struggle with Cancer ended his Storybook Life on 8/16/48 at the age of 53.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Randal | 2/2/2014

    " Just a really good biography. Not the world's hardest subject, mind, but it was neither sappy nor preachy, hagiography nor hater. I even learned a few things about the Babe from the book. I haven't read any other Bambinbios, but this one would certainly be a good place to start for anybody wanting the story of (sorry Ted Williams but it's the truth) the greatest hitter who ever lived. "

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