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BRINGING THE BABE TO LIFE

In her best-selling book “The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created,” author Jane Leavy goes beyond the home runs to present what made the slugger – from Little George to The Sultan of Swat – become an American Legend
”What he didn’t know how to be,” author Jane Leavy says of Ruth, “was alone. When you see him surrounded by five thousand boys who piled out of band boxes to try and get near him … you understand why he is smiling.”

Jane Leavy was on the Babe Ruth beat for eight years.

In that time she learned more about one of America’s most famous personalities than any of the other authors who have tackled the subject of George Herman Ruth. Eight years of research, interviews, writing … you tend to find things that others who have traveled the same path did not or could not.

In “The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created” (Harper/Collins), Leavy has uncovered new details about Ruth’s life from archives not readily available to her predecessors. The finished product is a thorough look at Ruth from abandonment by his parents at a young age to celebrity adulation and the larger-than-life personna that was The Babe.

Leavy has tackled two other baseball legends in the past – Sandy Koufax (“A Leffy’s Legacy”) and Mickey Mantle (“The Last Boy”) – but this is the former Washington Post writer’s biggest challenges to date.

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