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Exhibition Baseball Americana

Robert Creamer. Babe: The Legend Comes to Life. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1974. General Collections, Library of Congress (059.00.00)

Babe: The Legend Comes to Life

In a perfect storm of timing and talent, Babe Ruth was arguably baseball’s greatest player, on its greatest team, as well as a gregarious and charismatic presence on its biggest stage during its Golden Age. No one has matched that formula since, and Robert Creamer’s landmark book became the definitive work on America’s most important and influential sportsman. It corroborated the mythic largeness of Ruth’s life and examined the hero’s flaws, signaling the beginning of a new literary genre, the serious and exhaustively researched sports biography.