Big Bam : The Life And Times Of Babe Ruth by Leigh Montville
He was known by many names – the Sultan of Swat, the Caliph of Clout, the Wizard of Whack, the Bambino, and the Big Bam to his teammates. Babe Ruth, the larger-than-life figure who dominated baseball and left an everlasting impact on the sport. In this captivating biography, acclaimed author Leigh Montville delivers a one-of-a-kind portrait of the legendary Babe Ruth, revealing the enigmatic man behind the myth.
For over eight decades, Babe Ruth has held the title of baseball’s greatest superstar. Honored as Athlete of the Century multiple times, he remains an unparalleled figure in the history of organized sports. But who was this intriguing individual? Montville, renowned for his intimate portrayal of Ted Williams in his “New York Times” bestselling biography, delves deep into the life of the Babe, shedding new light on his childhood, personal life, and inner thoughts.
Montville’s research, which includes newly discovered documents and interviews, provides a comprehensive account of Ruth’s journey from his difficult upbringing in Baltimore to his audacious entry into professional baseball. From his time in Boston to his iconic years as a New York Yankee, Ruth’s rise to become the world’s most explosive slugger and cultural icon is meticulously examined. Montville also confronts the myths surrounding Ruth, delving into questions like whether he truly hit the legendary “called shot” home run in the 1932 World Series and whether he was part of the first wave of African American baseball superstars.
Through Montville’s masterful storytelling, readers are transported to the glory days of baseball, when the sport was untainted by controversy and focused solely on the game. As modern baseball grapples with challenges like skyrocketing salaries and free agency, “The Big Bam” serves as a nostalgic reminder of Ruth’s time, where raw talent and passion reigned supreme. Montville’s portrayal of Ruth is both intimate and poignant, offering a captivating glimpse into the life of a truly remarkable figure.