Babe Ruth: A Biography
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Babe Ruth: A Biography

by Wayne Stewart
     
 

This brief but readable biography tells the story of the most recognized figure in baseball—Babe Ruth. Besides vividly describing the highlights of Ruth's career, author Wayne Stewart examines the unprecedented impact Ruth had on the nature and future of the game. Ruth's ability to hit the long ball and the flamboyance of his off-field persona infused the game

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This brief but readable biography tells the story of the most recognized figure in baseball—Babe Ruth. Besides vividly describing the highlights of Ruth's career, author Wayne Stewart examines the unprecedented impact Ruth had on the nature and future of the game. Ruth's ability to hit the long ball and the flamboyance of his off-field persona infused the game with a new excitement that rescued baseball from the negative effects of the 1919 Black Sox scandal. Making extensive use of interviews conducted by the author with members of Ruth's family and with players who knew Ruth, this biography is an engaging exploration of how Ruth helped shape modern baseball.

Babe Ruth is the most recognized figure in baseball and a true American icon. In this brief but readable biography, author Wayne Stewart engagingly describes the highlights of Ruth's career and deftly examines the reasons for the unprecedented impact Ruth had on the game. Ruth's ability to hit the long ball and the flamboyance of his off-field persona infused the game with a new excitement that rescued baseball from the negative effects of the 1919 Black Sox scandal. The author draws new insights into Ruth's life and career through interviews he conducted with members of Ruth's family and with other baseball players who knew him.

Readers are also provided with a quick reference chronology to Ruth's career, a bibliography of important print and non-print information resources on Ruth, a statistical appendix summarizing Ruth's on-field production by season, and a discussion of how Ruth has been depicted in books, movies, plays, and other media since his death. This biography will both explain and satisfy the continuing curiosity about Ruth among young basbeball fans who never had the opportunity to see him play.

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"Stewart, a baseball historian, details the life of baseball great Babe Ruth, from his formative years through his lasting legacy. B&W historical photos and a chronology are included." - Reference & Research Book News

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313335969
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
07/30/2006
Series:
Baseball's All-Time Greatest Hitters Series
Pages:
200
Sales rank:
703,034
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.50(d)

What People are saying about this

Linda Ruth Tosetti

"I have enjoyed being a small part of Wayne's fine tribute to my grandfather, Babe Ruth, just like the Sultan of Swat it should prove to be a Ruthian hit!"

Linda Ruth Tosetti, Granddaughter

Linda Ruth Tosetti
"I have enjoyed being a small part of Wayne's fine tribute to my grandfather, Babe Ruth, just like the Sultan of Swat it should prove to be a Ruthian hit!"

Meet the Author

Wayne Stewart has now written 20 books and countless magazine articles. He was born and raised in Donora, PA, a town that has produced big league baseball players, including Stan Musial and the father-son Griffeys. Mr. Stewart now lives in Lorain, OH, and is married to Nancy (Panich) Stewart. They have two sons, Sean and Scott. Mr. Steward has covered the baseball world since 1978 and has interviewed and profiled many Hall of Famers, including Nolan Ryan, Bob Gibson, and Warren Spahn. He has appeared, as a baseball expert/historian, on Cleveland's Fox 8 and on ESPN Classic.

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