Jeff Labrecque
April 14, 2006 at 04:00 AM EDT

The Big Bam

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Leigh Montville
publisher
Doubleday
genre
Nonfiction, Sports
We gave it a B

Scouting Report
The former Sports Illustrated scribe updates the story of sport’s first and greatest superstar — Babe Ruth — for the SportsCenter generation.

Curveball
”The Great Bellyache” of 1925, which sidelined Ruth for six weeks, was believed by many to be an STD.

Final Score
Montville fails to penetrate the haze surrounding Ruth’s obscure beginnings as the (biracial?) product of a Baltimore orphanage, but his rehashing of the legend is at least a fascinating snapshot of the era.

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