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The Big Bam - The Life and Times of Babe Ruth

Leigh Montville

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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 a

Language:

English

Narrators:

Adam Grupper

Length:

6h 10m


Chapters

Free Sample

03:40

Introduction
Introduction

03:12


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

04:02


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:57


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:25


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:27


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

03:59


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:04


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:16


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:03


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

03:31


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

04:00


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:50


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:29


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:33


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

04:52


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:18


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

04:03


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:22


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:51


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

03:03


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

02:49


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

03:29


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:31


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:10


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:36


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

03:48


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:37


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

05:17


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:09


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:13


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:07


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

03:21


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:32


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

03:54


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:23


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:43


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:33


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:24


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:34


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:24


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:21


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:26


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:52


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:05


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:07


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:46


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:47


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

03:49


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:36


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:00


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:47


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:06


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

03:05


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:35


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

02:53


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:56


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

05:20


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

03:45


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:03


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:26


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

03:41


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:28


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:42


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:58


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

04:25


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:02


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:57


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:44


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

03:02


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:32


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:20


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:31


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:02


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:53


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

01:59


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:15


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:55


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:23


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

03:38


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:56


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

05:11


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:54


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:43


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:41


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:43


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

03:41


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

03:25


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

03:41


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

04:20


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

03:26


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

04:03


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

04:15