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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What the Critics Say

"[Montville is] one of America's best sportswriters." (Chicago Tribune)

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The Legend, and the Man

Leigh Montville is a long time sportswriter for the Boston Globe goes behind baseballs greatest player and finds; well basically, he finds mystery unanswered questions and many stories of excess. He also passed on many of the extraordinary legends surrounding "The Bambino's" excessive appetite for food, drink, women, and spending.
He also brought forth the less well known facets of of the slugger's life; Ruth seeking out a personal trainer. Ruth being one of the few players making enough money to not need an off-season job. The unwillingness of the games owners to look past his earlier indiscretions, his image having been forever forged by his wild, reckless twenties.
Montville investigates stories about the supposed feuds between Ruth and fellow Yankee legend Lou Gehrig, his Hall-of-Fame manager Miller Huggins and his chief challenger as the games preeminent player Ty Cobb. A better than average biography and an excellent book on baseball.
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- Me & My Girls

The Big Bam

I nearly gave up on this book. Over 40 minutes into it before the author stopped speculating and inventing heresay. Reminded me of the awful Babe Ruth movie "The Babe" with John Goodman. Lots of information, but overall disappointing for a baseball nut who understands that Baseball is a game re-invented because of Babe Ruth and that no other figure in its history has been as significant.
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- Alan

Book Details

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