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Today, a conversation about one of the most fascinating figures, not only in baseball history, but in American history.  George Herman “Babe” Ruth, Jr. was born and raised in Baltimore,  graduated from the school of hard knocks, and...

This Week’s Q+A

Q&A with Jane Leavy Author and journalist Jane Leavy discusses her book, The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created, about the life and times of the legendary baseball player. Air date: January 27, 2019

The Big Fella’s a Finalist!

PEN America announced its 2019 Literary Award finalists, and The Big Fella is one of five in the Literary Sports Writing category. The winners will be celebrated at the 2019 PEN America Literary Awards Ceremony on February 26 at the NYU Skirball Center in NYC. The...

“Big Fella” a Best Book of 2018

There are a number of people bound to inspire biographies as long as the trees hold out. Abe Lincoln and Muhammad Ali are among that number. Jane Leavy has demonstrated that Babe Ruth belongs on the list, too. Her take? That Ruth, who played during the first flowering...
A Santa Story from the Babe

A Santa Story from the Babe

In 1902, 7-year-old George Herman Ruth was sent away to St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys. “The little boy his family called ‘Little George,’ they abandoned to a reform school on the far western edge of Baltimore City,” writer Jane Leavy says....

Big Fella Reviews from NY to the Nation to Canada, Too

Catch up on these interviews and reviews from October, November, and December: Catching up with Dave Zirin, Sports editor of The Nation: Leavy’s study of the man who hit 714 career home runs in Major League Baseball (including 60 in one year, the latter a record...