This exclusive edition for Barnes & Noble includes a special afterword from Jane Leavy in which she recalls her mentor, Red Smith—the late sports columnist for the New York Times known as the dean of sportswriting—his columns about the Babe, and his role in her career in the press box.
From Jane Leavy, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Boy and Sandy Koufax, comes the definitive biography of Babe Ruth—the man Roger Angell dubbed "the model for modern celebrity."
He lived in the present tense—in the camera’s lens. There was no frame he couldn’t or wouldn’t fill. He swung the heaviest bat, earned the most money, and incurred the biggest fines. Like all the new-fangled gadgets then flooding the marketplace—radios, automatic clothes washers, Brownie cameras, microphones and loudspeakers—Babe Ruth "made impossible events happen." Aided by his crucial partnership with Christy Walsh—business manager, spin doctor, damage control wizard, and surrogate father, all stuffed into one tightly buttoned double-breasted suit—Ruth drafted the blueprint for modern athletic stardom.
His was a life of journeys and itineraries—from uncouth to couth, spartan to spendthrift, abandoned to abandon; from Baltimore to Boston to New York, and back to Boston at the end of his career for a finale with the only team that would have him. There were road trips and hunting trips; grand tours of foreign capitals and post-season promotional tours, not to mention those 714 trips around the bases.
After hitting his 60th home run in September 1927—a total that would not be exceeded until 1961, when Roger Maris did it with the aid of the extended modern season—he embarked on the mother of all barnstorming tours, a three-week victory lap across America, accompanied by Yankee teammate Lou Gehrig. Walsh called the tour a "Symphony of Swat." The Omaha World Herald called it "the biggest show since Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey, and seven other associated circuses offered their entire performance under one tent." In The Big Fella, acclaimed biographer Jane Leavy recreates that 21-day circus and in so doing captures the romp and the pathos that defined Ruth’s life and times.
Drawing from more than 250 interviews, a trove of previously untapped documents, and Ruth family records, Leavy breaks through the mythology that has obscured the legend and delivers the man.
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About the Author
Jane Leavy is an award-winning former sportswriter and feature writer for the Washington Post. She is the author of Sandy Koufax and the comic novel Squeeze Play, called “the best novel ever written about baseball” by Entertainment Weekly. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Bought this signed book for my husband's birthday. He is a walking encyclopedia on baseball history, so he didn't seem overly excited about this book. He only has 40 pages left to read and he is so disappointed...that it is ending! He really enjoyed this book on Babe Ruth and there was plenty of new information in the book. He told me the writer did an excellent job! Yay, I hit it out of the ballfield!
The Big Fella, by Jane Leavy is a book that should be passed up. It rambles on for pages with little mention of Babe Ruth, or baseball, instead focusing on newspapers, yellow journalism and the rise of various reporters who furthered the rise of newspapers sales devoted to sports in general. Eighteen pages alone were devoted to an egg laying contest, and market advertising. The 600ish pages could easily be narrowed down to less then three hundred when you eliminate the needless, and often boring side trips on those other topics rather than baseball or Ruth. Poorly written with numerous grammatical errors, and lacking chronological cohesiveness. A waste of time and in my opinion. Do not waste your money or time on this. Yikes!
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