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The big fella : Babe Ruth and the world he created
1st ed.
Physical Description:
xxx, 620 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Introduction -- Prologue: June 13, 1902, Baltimore -- October 10, Providence -- October 10, aboard the New York Central to Manhattan -- October 11, Trenton -- October 12, Cityline -- October 13, Asbury Park -- October 13-14, aboard the Manhattan Limited to Lima -- October 15, Kansas City, Missouri -- October 16, Omaha -- October 17, aboard the Rock Island Line to Des Moines -- October 18, Sioux City -- October 19, Denver -- October 21-22, Bay area -- October 23, Bay area II -- October 25, Marysville -- October 26, San Jose -- October 28, San Diego -- October 29, Fresno -- October 30, Los Angeles -- Epilogue.
Personal Subject:
He lived in the present tense in the cameras 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 marketplaceradios, 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 itinerariesfrom 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 Ruths 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.