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Babe Ruth

By Hampton, Wilborn

Publishers Summary:
Babe Ruth is still regarded as perhaps the greatest baseball player ever to step on a diamond. Born into a poor family in Baltimore, George Herman Ruth Jr. was sent to a Catholic reform school at age seven, where he learned how to play baseball. Initially a talented southpaw, the Babe went on to shatter every home-run record on the books—and when fewer games were played in a season and a heavier ball was used. In this engaging and fast-paced biography, award-winning author Wilborn Hampton shares with readers The Babe was also a man of big heart, temper, and appetite.

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ISBN
978-0-67006-305-5
Publisher
Viking


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on June 1, 2009

Gr 7-Up This book offers readers a fascinating look at the life of the man who, at the age of seven, was taken by his father to a Roman Catholic institution for homeless and troubled boys for "incorrigible" behavior. The teachers and students at St. Mary's became his family, and Brother Matthias, the athletic director, instilled in him his love of baseball and became a lifelong mentor. In 1914, when Babe was 18, the owner of the Baltimore Orioles offered him a cont...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on May 1, 2009

Babe Ruth may have been the Sultan of Swat and "the idol of every kid in America," but the legendary long-ball hitter had a very short fuse (to name but one of his flaws), as Hampton's plain-dealing biography reveals. Right off the bat, Hampton shows he's done his homework, pointing out variations and discrepancies in stories told about George Herman Ruth's rough-and-tumble childhood. The future Bronx Bomber was, in fact, a trou...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on October 1, 2009

This plain-dealing biography reveals Ruth's rough-and-tumble childhood--when he was seven his parents sent him to a home for orphan...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on March 1, 2009

In this fine addition to the Up Close series, author Wilborn Hampton sets out to answer the question, "Who was the boy who fought his way out of a Baltimore slum to become the idol of every kid in America?" The answer, as Hampton emphasizes throughout the book, is complicated. Hampton not only exploresand debunksthe most famous stories associated with Ruth (the "called shot," the hospit...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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