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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...

Forbes, Newsday and The Voice of San Diego

Forbes: Epic Babe Ruth Bio By Jane Leavy Captures His Life And Times Jane Leavy’s second book, a critically acclaimed, New York Times best-selling biography of Mickey Mantle in 2010, has sold 211,000 copies in hardback and 60,000 in paperback. Such commercial success...

The theme music behind the Curse of the Bambino

Jane Leavy, the author of New York Times bestsellers Sandy Koufax, a Lefty's Legacy, and The Last Boy, Mickey Mantle and the End of America's Childhood, takes on baseball's greatest legend in The Big Fella, a biography of Babe Ruth published this week by...

Washington Tour and The Post

How Babe Ruth ushered in the era of the home run and the sports celebrity The mob swarmed around Babe Ruth. In the ninth inning of an exhibition game at Brooklyn’s Dexter Park, just days after the New York Yankees’ triumph in the 1927 World Series, masses of unruly...

Daily News: From the Babe to ‘The Big Fella’

He made things bigger just by being part of them. Baseball, the Yankees, even New York – everything grew in his presence. George Herman Ruth Jr. – the Babe, the Bambino, the Sultan of Swat – connected with all of them as easily as his bat connected with the ball. And...

What It Took to Write About Baseball as a Woman

Jane Leavy reflects on fraught encounters with Mickey Mantle and Billy Martin in The New Yorker: Jane Leavy Illustration by João Fazenda Last month, forty years after the Southern District court of New York ordered the Yankees to open their clubhouse to female...

USA Today: 5 Books You Don’t Want to Miss

5. "The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created" by Jane Leavy (Harper, nonfiction, on sale Oct. 16) What it’s about: With the World Series just a week away, the time seems right for a bio of the Babe, arguably the game’s biggest star ever. The buzz: A...

The Big Fella Reviewed in WSJ, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune

Boston Globe, "23 hot picks for cool fall books" Leavy follows up her outstanding biography of Mickey Mantle with another winner, this time about the most important baseball player of all time. The author covers all aspects of Ruth’s massive life, bringing true...

The Big Fella on Vulture’s Best New Books

New Books You Should Read This October Each month, Boris Kachka offers nonfiction and fiction book recommendations. You should read as many of them as possible. See his picks from last month and next month. The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created, by Jane...