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“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

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. "And these boys...

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...

Who Was Babe Ruth?

Jane joins Smerconish to talk about the legend. He hit more home runs than any player in his era - and was one of our first national celebrity brands. But what was Babe Ruth like behind the scenes?  Source: CNN | Air date: December 15, 2018

Schmuck: Babe Ruth created the cult of celebrity

There was one big takeaway from author Jane Leavy’s appearance Saturday at the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Museum to autograph and answer questions about her latest book.The Babe can still draw a crowd.Leavy, the former Washington Post writer who also has authored...

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 of Driveline Baseball in...

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...