Babe: The Legend Comes to Life

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Babe: The Legend Comes to Life

Format:  Paperback,

448 pages

Edition: Fireside

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Apr 1992

ISBN-13: 9780671760700

ISBN-10: 067176070X

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"I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can." -- Babe Ruth
Babe Ruth is without a doubt the most famous character ever produced by the sport of baseball. A legendary player, world-famous for his hitting prowess, he transcended the sport to enter the mainstream of American life as an authentic folk hero.
In this extraordinary biography, noted sportswriter Robert W. Creamer reveals the complex man behind the sports legend. From Ruth's early days in a Baltimore orphanage, to the glory days with the Yankees, to his later years, Creamer has drawn a classic portrait of an American original.

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publish Date: Apr 1992
ISBN-13: 9780671760700
ISBN-10: 067176070X
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 448
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.94
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 5.62 x 1.1 x 8.36

About the author

Biography of Creamer, Robert W.

Robert W. Creamer was born in Bronxville, New York on July 14, 1922. He attended Fordham University and Syracuse University, but never graduated. During World War II, he fought in combat for 30 days in Germany and was wounded. After his discharge, he worked as an advertising copywriter and as an assistant editor at Collier's Encyclopedia. He became one of the first writers for Sports Illustrated, where he worked until 1985. His first book, Babe: The Legend Comes to Life, was published in 1974. His other works include Stengel: His Life and Times, Baseball in '41: A Celebration of the Best Baseball Season Ever - in the Year America Went to War, and Season of Glory: The Amazing Saga of the 1961 New York Yankees written with Ralph Houk. He also contributed to films and television shows about baseball He died of prostate cancer on July 18, 2012 at the age of 90.

Chapter outline

1894-1919
Legend and Truth: Babe Ruth Lives
The Bad Kid: Baltimore at the Turn of the Century
Early Exile: Niggerlips in St. Mary's
The Star of the School: Enter Jack Dunn
First Spring Training: Home Run in Fayetteville
The Young Professional: Winning with the Orioles
Arrival in Boston: Meeting Helen
Retreat to the Minors: Pennant in Providence
The Major Leaguer: Pennant in Boston
The Lefthanded Genius: Best Pitcher in Baseball
Emergence of Temperament: How to Punch an Umpire
The Beginnings of the Hitter: Switching to the Outfield
The Impact of War: Baseball in World War I
The 1918 World Series: The Abortive Strike
The Big Fight: Ruth vs. Barrow
The First Home Run Record: Magic 29
Departure from Boston: Sold down the River
1920-1948
Revolution in Baseball: Ruth Reaches New York
The Amazing Season: Nothing Like It Ever Before
Encore: Topping the Amazing Season
The Second Big Fight: Ruth vs. Landis
The Fall of the Hero: Ruth in Disgrace
The jinx and the Baby: The Weird Season Ends
The First Reformation: How to Bat -393
The Disaster: The Bellyache Heard Round the World
The Third Big Fight: Ruth vs. Huggins
The Real Reformation: The Superb Seasons
Kaleidoscope: Personality of the Babe
Death of Helen: Marriage to Claire
The $80,000 Salary: A Better Year than Hoover
The Magnificent Moment: The Called-Shot Home Run
Decline: It's Hell to Be Old
Farewell to New York: Back to Boston
The Last Act: Opera Bouffe with the Braves
Retirement: The Call That Never Came
The End: Joe, I'm Gone
Acknowledgments
Index

Book description

"I swing big, with everything I've got. I hit big or I miss big. I like to live as big as I can". -- Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth is without a doubt the most famous character ever produced by the sport of baseball. A legendary player, world-famous for his hitting prowess, he transcended the sport to enter the mainstream of American life as an authentic folk hero.

In this extraordinary biography, noted sportswriter Robert W. Creamer reveals the complex man behind the sports legend. From Ruth's early days in a Baltimore orphanage, to the glory days with the Yankees, to his later years, Creamer has drawn a classic portrait of an American original.

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