The Big Bam

  • by Leigh Montville
  • Narrated by Scott Brick
  • 15 hrs and 36 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Babe Ruth was more than baseball's original superstar. For 85 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 best-selling 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.
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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"[Montville is] one of America's best sportswriters." ( Chicago Tribune)


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This book captures Babe's personality and larger than life baseball career. He is personally an idol for me and has been for years, although this book informed me of some facts that I didn't know before.

His personality, his humour, his home runs and his baby face are what make Babe Ruth one of the most entertaining sports personalities of the century. Whether you're a fan of baseball or not, buy this book as it will engross you and keep you interested throughout. Enough said - BUY IT!

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- Mikey

Book Details

  • Release Date: 16-05-2006
  • Publisher: Books on Tape