Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth

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by Wilborn Hampton
     
 

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Babe Ruth is still regarded as perhaps the greatest baseball player ever to step on a diamond. Born into a poor family in Baltimore, George Herman Ruth Jr. was sent to a Catholic reform school at age seven, where he learned how to play baseball. Initially a talented southpaw, the Babe went on to shatter every home-run record on the books—and when fewer games…  See more details below

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Babe Ruth is still regarded as perhaps the greatest baseball player ever to step on a diamond. Born into a poor family in Baltimore, George Herman Ruth Jr. was sent to a Catholic reform school at age seven, where he learned how to play baseball. Initially a talented southpaw, the Babe went on to shatter every home-run record on the books—and when fewer games were played in a season and a heavier ball was used. In this engaging and fast-paced biography, award-winning author Wilborn Hampton shares with readers The Babe was also a man of big heart, temper, and appetite.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Nancy K. Wallace
These concise "Up Close Biographies" profile the lives of key twentieth-century people in the world of sports, the arts, politics, and science. These books, which each contain ten to sixteen chapters, comprise a series that is appropriate for ages twelve and older, but some titles may appeal to younger readers. Baseball fans will enjoy Babe Ruth. This terrific blend of sports history and personal narrative offers a dynamic account of "a boy who fought his way out of a Baltimore slum to become the idol of every kid in America." The author is careful to convey the humanity behind the legend, moving seamlessly from Ruth's impoverished childhood to his ground breaking talents on the field. Throughout the book, readers are shown the duality of Ruth's life; his early suffering nurtured a rebellious and arrogant disposition, but it also gave rise to a man determined to help young children suffering under poverty and neglect. Reviewer: Nancy K. Wallace
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up

This book offers readers a fascinating look at the life of the man who, at the age of seven, was taken by his father to a Roman Catholic institution for homeless and troubled boys for "incorrigible" behavior. The teachers and students at St. Mary's became his family, and Brother Matthias, the athletic director, instilled in him his love of baseball and became a lifelong mentor. In 1914, when Babe was 18, the owner of the Baltimore Orioles offered him a contract. So began his tumultuous career in baseball, which lasted more than 20 years, most of which were spent with the New York Yankees. Hampton's narrative gives baseball lovers plenty of detailed statistical facts, but as a whole, the biography is more a weaving together of the various elements of Babe's personality that made him the larger-than-life legend. His generosity, his inability to control his excessive appetites, his quick temper, and his fondness for practical jokes all come through in this recounting that is more accessible than Leigh Montville's The Big Bam (Doubleday, 2006). Carefully chosen photographs enhance the presentation, and the author is meticulous in listing his sources. His extensive research and engaging conversational tone combine to produce a chronicle of Ruth's life that both fans and novices will find hard to put down.-Kim Dare, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

Kirkus Reviews
Celebrating his subject as "the greatest player ever to step on a baseball diamond," Hampton ably reports the "comic opera [and] grand drama" that was the career of George Herman Ruth. Though never an orphan, as baseball legend often has it, Ruth was a bad kid from a bad part of Baltimore. He was sent to a Catholic reform school and he did grow up to be "the idol of every kid in America." Without mythologizing Ruth, this volume tells a no-holds-barred tale of the Babe's playing-field heroics, womanizing, publicity stunts, the legendary "called-shot," ten World Series, 22 seasons and 54 records. The writing is more encyclopedic than dramatic, but it does portray Ruth as a flawed hero, a likable athlete who would sign baseballs and visit orphanages and hospitals but who was always ready to react to criticism by punching someone in the nose. The "big, moon-shaped, snub-nosed face" of Babe Ruth will forever be a part of baseball lore, and this work does credit to the player of legend. (foreword, bibliography, index) (Biography. 10 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101022337
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
03/19/2009
Series:
Penguin Up Close Series
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
File size:
951 KB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Wilborn Hampton has been an editor and book and theater critic for the New York Times. He is also the award-winning author of Up Close: Elvis Presley (Viking) and Kennedy Assassinated!. He lives in New York City.

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