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Babe Ruth: Launching the Legend
     

Babe Ruth: Launching the Legend

by Jim Reisler
 

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The fascinating, nearforgotten tale of how Babe Ruth revolutionized baseball and became America's biggest hero, all in a single season

With World War I, the "Black Sox" scandal, and a dearth of home runs, 1920 looked like the end of baseball. Then, in a move forever known in Boston as the "Curse of the Bambino," Babe Ruth joined the Yankees. His timing was

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The fascinating, nearforgotten tale of how Babe Ruth revolutionized baseball and became America's biggest hero, all in a single season

With World War I, the "Black Sox" scandal, and a dearth of home runs, 1920 looked like the end of baseball. Then, in a move forever known in Boston as the "Curse of the Bambino," Babe Ruth joined the Yankees. His timing was impeccable, and his season of seasons--with a record-breaking 54 home runs--was just the tonic America needed.

In Launching the Legend, baseball historian and critically acclaimed author Jim Reisler describes the remarkable impact Babe Ruth and the 1920 Yankees had on the game. Their brand of baseball was something never seen before, creating a level of excitement that rescued the game at its darkest hour. This is the story about that pivotal moment in baseball history, an era frozen in time, with Ruth on the verge of becoming a legend --and giving rise to the Yankees dynasty that endures to this day.

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Publishers Weekly
It seems only fitting that this book about Babe Ruth's first year with the Yankees should hit shelves just as the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry will be reaching new heights. Looking back on Ruth's sale to and first season with the Yankees, Reisler (Babe Ruth Slept Here; Before They Were the Bronx Bombers) analyzes the Babe's impact on baseball, America and the roaring '20s. While the detail in covering every game of a season slows the book at times, it does capture the great media attention Ruth received in his first year in the Big Apple. The book also demonstrates how Ruth revolutionized America's pastime and how he helped save the game from the "Black Sox" scandal that turned much of the nation away from the sport. Reisler's book has morsels of revisionist baseball history (e.g., he supports arguments that Red Sox owner Harry Frazee did not sell Ruth for the money to open his play No, No, Nanette, as has often been reported). The end of the 1920 season is slightly anticlimactic since Ruth, though the main box-office draw, didn't bring the Yankees a championship that came three years later, when he had the help of a few more former Red Sox players. Given the countless books that have been written on Ruth, there is sure to be some overlap here, but Reisler's telling makes for a fresh take on some familiar topics. (Apr.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
How did George Herman Ruth go from being one of the game's top lefty pitchers to a franchise-building hitter whose prodigious slugging helped create the cult of the home run? In addition to his considerable skills and swaggering public style, Ruth enjoyed a press corps that was eager to assist in "launching" his legend, which has only grown over the decades. Reisler (Black Writers/Black Baseball; Babe Ruth Slept Here) tells a captivating story of how one man changed-and, many would say, saved-baseball at a pivotal time when the game was suffering from the scandal of the 1919 White Sox. He takes Babe through his first season with the Yankees in 1920 and retells many sparkling tales of Babe's colossal talent, energy, and appetites. Recommended for most collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780071432443
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
03/05/2004
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.34(w) x 9.38(h) x 1.12(d)

Meet the Author

Jim Reisler has written articles for the New York Times, Sports Illustrated, and Newsweek. He is the acclaimed author of three baseball books: Black Writers/Black Baseball, Babe Ruth Slept Here, and Before They Were the Bombers. He lives in Irvington, New York.

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