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The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth
The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth
by Leigh Montville
Paperback from Anchor
Media Published: 2007-
ISBN: 0767919718

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.
"[Montville is] one of America's best sportswriters." --Chicago Tribune
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.
 
Babe: The Legend Comes to Life
Babe: The Legend Comes to Life
by Robert Creamer
Paperback from Simon & Schuster
ISBN: 067176070X
"I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can." -- Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth is without a doubt the most famous character ever produced by the sport of baseball. A legendary player, world-famous for his hitting prowess, he transcended the sport to enter the mainstream of American life as an authentic folk hero.

In this extraordinary biography, noted sportswriter Robert W. Creamer reveals the complex man behind the sports legend. From Ruth's early days in a Baltimore orphanage, to the glory days with the Yankees, to his later years, Creamer has drawn a classic portrait of an American original.

 
Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth
Home Run: The Story of Babe Ruth
by Robert Burleigh
Paperback from Sandpiper
ISBN: 0152045996
The man who made the game of baseball, George Herman Ruth, wasn't always the Babe. Once he was a boy playing ball on a dirt lot.
Robert Burleigh and Mike Winner have created a stunning portrait of a legend--and of baseball's glory days."He has always had this swing. This easy, upthrusting swing. This 'pretty' swing, not taught by any coach. One day the Babe just swung--and it was there. It was his." Combining stirring, poetic prose and Mike Wimmer's realistic illustrations, Home Run conveys the feeling of excitement and awe that must have been present at a baseball game in which the great Babe Ruth played. Robert Burleigh, who previously collaborated with Wimmer on the award-winning Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh, writes this picture-book tribute "for my Father--who loved the game ... for my son, Eli, to help him learn the spirit of can-do." His great love for both shines through. Our stomachs knot and spirits soar as Ruth steps up to the plate. Home Run softly draws us into the story, and the illustrations, rendered in oil on canvas, have an expansiveness and glow that lift them from the page. The gentle tribute is enhanced by "vintage-style baseball cards" that highlight aspects of Babe Ruth's career ("The Bambino loved driving low-slung convertibles, donning silk shirts and coonskin coats, and downing huge meals"), allowing Burleigh the opportunity to include important information without destroying the perfect simplicity of the main story. A treasure for anyone with a love of the game, Home Run is also powerfully affecting for those new to the excitement it holds. (Click to see a sample spread. Illustration from Home Run by Robert Burleigh, illustration © 1998 by Mike Wimmer, reproduced by permission of Harcourt Brace & Company.) (Ages 5 and older) --Aimee Damman
 
Babe Ruth Saves Baseball! (Step into Reading 3)
Babe Ruth Saves Baseball! (Step into Reading 3)
by Frank Murphy
Paperback from Random House Books for Young Readers
Media Published: 2005-
ISBN: 0375830480

Batter up! It's 1919 and baseball is in trouble! All across the country, people are throwing down their bats, and giving up America's national pastime. It's up to Babe Ruth to win back fans and save baseball! Can he do it, or will he strike out?
 
Babe Ruth: Legends in Sports (Matt Christopher Legends in Sports)
Babe Ruth: Legends in Sports (Matt Christopher Legends in Sports)
by Matt Christopher, Glenn Stout
Paperback from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 0316011134

In a career that spanned over thirty years, George Herman "Babe" Ruth changed the way the sport of baseball was played. He was the first true power hitter, a strong pitcher, and in the outfield made some amazing game-saving catches. His love of the sport shined through in the way he laughed while jogging around the bases, in how he kidded and horsed around with teammates, and in his overall determination to win. But there was a darker side to Babe, one that nearly ruined his career - and his life. In the end, however, Ruth managed to overcome his personal demons, recapture his health, and go on to lead his beloved Yankees to championship status. Simply put, there has never been another player like the Babe. 
This comprehensive biography of one of baseball's most memorable legends also comes with photos.
 
Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
Babe Ruth and the Baseball Curse (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
by David A. Kelly
Paperback from Random House Books for Young Readers
Media Published: 2009-
ISBN: 037585603X

Before 1918, the Boston Red Sox were unstoppable. They won World Series after World Series, thanks in part to their charismatic pitcher-slugger Babe Ruth. But some people on the Red Sox felt the Babe was more trouble than he was worth, and he was traded away to one of the worst teams in baseball, the New York Yankees. From then on, the Yankees became a golden team. And the Red Sox? For over 80 years, they just couldn't win another World Series. Then, in 2004, along came a scruffy, scrappy Red Sox team. Could they break Babe Ruth's curse and win it all?
 
Babe Ruth: One of Baseball s Greatest (Childhood of Famous Americans)
Babe Ruth: One of Baseball's Greatest (Childhood of Famous Americans)
by Jr., Guernsey Van Riper
Paperback from Aladdin
ISBN: 0020421303

A biography of the well-loved baseball personality who set many records and made home runs a common part of the game.
 
Babe Ruth: Remembering the Bambino in Stories, Photos and Memorabilia
Babe Ruth: Remembering the Bambino in Stories, Photos & Memorabilia
by Julia Ruth Stevens, Bill Gilbert
Hardcover from Stewart, Tabori & Chang

The Bambino . . . The Sultan of Swat . . . The Colossus of Clout . . . Babe Ruth is widely regarded as the #1 baseball player of all time. His contribution to the sport simply can't be overstated: Largely responsible for bringing baseball to its current level of popularity, Ruth changed the game from a low-scoring, speed-dominated sport to the high-scoring, power-hitting baseball we see today. Larger than life in his own time, the Babe continues to be a legendary figure in ours.

Babe Ruth is the ultimate book for any true baseball fan, telling the story of his groundbreaking career as well as memorable tales from his often-colorful life off the field. Featuring a winning line-up of rare and never-before-published photographs, the book also includes pull-out facsimile reproductions of memorabilia such as World Series tickets from 1916 to 1932; newspaper articles chronicling the Babe's record-breaking achievements; the official souvenir program from opening day at Yankee Stadium in 1923; and Babe Ruth's first professional baseball contract.

A glorious memento of an incredible career, Babe Ruth is a fitting tribute to one of the 20th century's towering personalities.

 
Babe Ruth (Up Close)
Babe Ruth (Up Close)
by Wilborn Hampton
Hardcover from Viking Juvenile
ISBN: 0670063053

Babe Ruth is still regarded as perhaps the greatest baseball player ever to step on a diamond. Born into a poor family in Baltimore, George Herman Ruth Jr. was sent to a Catholic reform school at age seven, where he learned how to play baseball. Initially a talented southpaw, the Babe went on to shatter every home-run record on the books - and when fewer games were played in a season and a heavier ball was used. In this engaging and fast-paced biography, award-winning author Wilborn Hampton shares with readers The Babe was also a man of big heart, temper, and appetite.
 
The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs: Recrowning Baseball s Greatest Slugger
The Year Babe Ruth Hit 104 Home Runs: Recrowning Baseball's Greatest Slugger
by Bill Jenkinson
Paperback from Carroll & Graf

In an unprecedented look at Babe Ruth's amazing batting power, sure to inspire debate among baseball fans of every stripe, one of the country's most respected and trusted baseball historians reveals the amazing conclusions of more than twenty years of research. Jenkinson takes readers through Ruth's 1921 season, in which his pattern of battled balls would have accounted for more than 100 home runs in today's ballparks and under today's rules. Yet, 1921 is just tip of the iceberg, for Jenkinson's research reveals that during an era of mammoth field dimensions Ruth hit more 450-plus-feet shots than anybody in history, and the conclusions one can draw are mind boggling.

 
Babe & Me : A Baseball Card Adventure (An Avon Camelot Book)
by Dan Gutman
(Hardcover)

Home Run : The Story of Babe Ruth
by Robert Burleigh, Mike Wimmer (Illustrator)
"He has always had this swing. This easy, upthrusting swing. This 'pretty' swing, not taught by any coach. One day the Babe just swung--and it was there. It was his." Combining stirring, poetic prose and Mike Wimmer's realistic illustrations, Home Run conveys the feeling of excitement and awe that must have been present at a baseball game in which the great Babe Ruth played. Robert Burleigh, who previously collaborated with Wimmer on the award-winning Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh, writes this picture-book tribute "for my Father--who loved the game ... for my son, Eli, to help him learn the spirit of can-do." His great love for both shines through. Our stomachs knot and spirits soar as Ruth steps up to the plate. Home Run softly draws us into the story, and the illustrations, rendered in oil on canvas, have an expansiveness and glow that lift them from the page. The gentle tribute is enhanced by "vintage-style baseball cards" that highlight aspects of Babe Ruth's career ("The Bambino loved driving low-slung convertibles, donning silk shirts and coonskin coats, and downing huge meals"), allowing Burleigh the opportunity to include important information without destroying the perfect simplicity of the main story. A treasure for anyone with a love of the game, Home Run is also powerfully affecting for those new to the excitement it holds. (Ages 5 and older) --Aimee Damman
(School & Library Binding)

Babe : The Legend Comes to Life (Fireside Sports Classic)
by Robert W. Creamer
(Paperback - April 1992)
 

The Babe : The Game That Ruth Built
The Babe : The Game That Ruth Built
by Lawrence S. Ritter, et al
He was a big man, and The Babe is a big book--a four-bag celebration of the Bambino, the greatest baseball legend of them all. Lawrence S. Ritter, author of The Glory of Their Times, the classic oral history of America's national pastime in the first decades of the 20th century, weaves together a workmanlike, often elegiac, narrative of Babe Ruth's life and career. But it is the all-star collection of photos--of the Babe in action, the Babe just hanging around being the Babe, and rare Ruth collectibles--that sends this volume where the Babe used to send high fastballs: out of the park. Hank Aaron, who sent a few out himself, pens a warm introduction to the idol whose career home-run record he ultimately surpassed. Amazon.com
Hardcover - 304 pages Book & Homerun Derby CD (October )
Total Sports; ISBN: 0965694909
 
1918 : Babe Ruth and the World Champion Boston Red Sox
1918 : Babe Ruth and the World Champion Boston Red Sox
by Allan Wood, Allen Wood
(Paperback)
 
Babe Ruth
by Kal Wagenheim
(Paperback)

The 500 Home Run Club : Baseball's 16 Greatest Home Run Hitters from Babe Ruth to Mark McGwire
by Bob Allen, Bill Gilbert
Listed under Baseball Legends

Babe Ruth : One of Baseball's Greatest
by Guernsey Van Riper, Seymour Fleishman (Illustrator)
(Paperback - October 1986)

Babe Ruth's Own Book of Baseball
by George Herman Ruth, et al
(Paperback - February 1992)

The Babe Book: Baseball's Greatest Legend Remembered
by Ernestine Gichner Miller, Ernestine Miller
(Hardcover)

When Willard Met Babe Ruth
by Donald Hall, Barry Moser (Illustrator)
(School & Library Binding)

The Babe & I
Terry Widener (Illustrator), David A. Adler
School & Library Binding

The Babe in Red Stockings : An In-Depth Chronicle of Babe Ruth With the Boston Red Sox, 1914-1919
Kerry Keene, et al
Hardcover

The Babe Ruth Ballet School
Tim Shortt
Hardcover

Babe Ruth Slept Here : The Baseball Landmarks of New York City
Jim Reisler
Paperback

Babe Ruth's Own Book of Baseball
George Herman Ruth, Jerome Holtzman (Introduction)
Paperback - 301 pages (February 1992)
Univ of Nebraska Pr; ISBN: 0803289391

The Babe Signed My Shoe
Ernie Harwell, Geoff Upward (Editor)
Paperback / Published 1995
 
 

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