“The best biography ever written about an American sports figure.” —Sports Illustrated Nearly a century has passed since George Herman Ruth made his major league debut, and in that time millions of words have been used to describe baseball’s greatest hero. But for a man like the Babe, for whom the phrase “larger than life” seems to have been coined, those millions of words have created a mythologized legacy. Who was the real Babe Ruth? Relying on exhaustive research and interviews with teammates, family members, and friends, historian Robert W. Creamer separates fact from fiction and paints an honest and fascinating portrait of the slugger. This is the definitive biography of a man who was, in legend and in truth, the best who ever lived.
About the author
Robert W. Creamer (1922–2012) was one of the most distinguished American sportswriters of the last half-century. When Sports Illustrated was founded in 1954, Creamer was one of the first writers added to its masthead. In the late ’60s he began work on a definitive biography of Babe Ruth, whom Creamer had seen as a boy in the stands at Yankee Stadium, when the great player was in his decline. After five years’ work he released Babe, which is still called one of the greatest American sports biographies of all time. In 1984 he published a biography of Casey Stengel, the only man to have worn the uniforms of all four New York ball clubs. Despite retiring in 1984, Creamer continued to write for Sports Illustrated and provide commentary for historical sports documentaries.
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