The Big Bam (2006) Scouting Report The former Sports Illustrated scribe updates the story of sport's first and greatest superstar — Babe Ruth — for the SportsCenter generation. Curveball… 2006-05-02 Nonfiction Sports Doubleday
Book Review

The Big Bam (2006)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: May 02, 2006; Writer: Leigh Montville; Genres: Nonfiction, Sports; Publisher: Doubleday

Scouting Report
The former Sports Illustrated scribe updates the story of sport's first and greatest superstar — Babe Ruth — for the SportsCenter generation.

Curveball
''The Great Bellyache'' of 1925, which sidelined Ruth for six weeks, was believed by many to be an STD.

Final Score
Montville fails to penetrate the haze surrounding Ruth's obscure beginnings as the (biracial?) product of a Baltimore orphanage, but his rehashing of the legend is at least a fascinating snapshot of the era.

Originally posted Apr 14, 2006 Published in issue #873 Apr 21, 2006 Order article reprints