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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...

Rare Footage of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig

Tom Shieber, senior curator at the National Baseball Hall of Fame, traced back a rare clip of Ruth and Gehrig, unearthed at an exhibit on pre-World War II life at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles, to their 1927 barnstorming tour covered in...

Babe Ruth Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

There are some things about Babe Ruth, beyond his mammoth home runs and World Series titles, that cannot be measured - among them his frequent trips to orphanages and hospitals, and his willingness to play alongside black ballplayers."He carried this country on his...

WATCH: The Return of the Great American Writers Series

The City Club of San Diego, San Diego Padres & San Diego’s Central Library proudly presented the return of The Great American Writers Series featuring Jane Leavy on November 8, 2018. Held in the Neil Morgan Auditorium of the San Diego Central Library and sponsored...

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...