Fenway Park Writers Series

Jane spent some quality time with a certain 2018 trophy after appearing at the State Street Pavilion for a dinner and talk about The Big Fella. The event was proudly presented by the Boston Red Sox, Bank of America, BoSox Club, The Great Fenway Park Writers Series and...

The Babe as An Athlete Today?

On MLB’s Statecast podcast, pitcher Adam Ottavino recalled a debate he’d had with a coach in Triple A about Babe Ruth’s standing in today’s baseball. It’s a question also asked in The Big Fella, of acclaimed private hitting coach Jason Ochart...

PEN America Literary Awards Longlist Announced!

The Big Fella joins eight other nominated titles for the 2019 PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing. Category judges are Chris Bachelder, Rafi Kohan, and Carvell Wallace. This year’s awards will confer more than $370,000 to writers and translators whose...

The Math from the Sox / Yanks Deal

Of all the details—and there are tons—that come out in Jane Leavy‘s remarkable biography The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World he Created, perhaps the most intriguing to Yankees fans comes from a bit of math. Most followers know that Ruth was sold to the Yankees for...

The Myths of the Babe

Jackie Atkins of The Philadelphia Inquirer breaks down three myths surrounding Babe Ruth in her review of The Big Fella, of which she writes: In The Big Fella, Jane Leavy, former Washington Post sportswriter, goes a long way toward filling in many of the blanks in the...