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SN Top 100 Players: Babe Ruth

April 21, 2010 by  
Filed under "Best of" Lists

About 10 years ago, The Sporting News came out with a list of its top 100 baseball players of all time.  As you can imagine, the process of selecting the best players and putting them in a specific order is quite subjective.  If the vote were taken today, you might even imagine some of today’s players (Albert Pujols, Ichiro, etc.) being on the list. Nevertheless, trying to compare players from different eras is always controversial and part of baseball’s mystique.

#1 on The Sporting News Top 100 list was Babe Ruth.  Below are several books written about Ruth.  Which have you read?  What did you think?  What other books on Ruth would you include?

Babe: The Legend Comes to Life by Robert Creamer

Synopsis: Babe Ruth is without a doubt the most famous character ever produced by the sport of baseball. A legendary player, world-famous for his hitting prowess, he transcended the sport to enter the mainstream of American life as an authentic folk hero.

In this extraordinary biography, noted sportswriter Robert W. Creamer reveals the complex man behind the sports legend. From Ruth’s early days in a Baltimore orphanage, to the glory days with the Yankees, to his later years, Creamer has drawn a classic portrait of an American original.  

Reader Reviews (Amazon 4.8 , GoodReads 3.89  , Barnes and Noble 4.0)

The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth by Leigh Montville

Editorial Review:  The Washington Post  Many books have been written about the Babe, focused mainly on his athletic feats. In The Big Bam(a version of his famous nickname, “the Bambino”), Leigh Montville, formerly of the Boston Globe and Sports Illustrated, tries to dissect Ruth as a cultural icon, one who dominated American life in the ’20s as much as Charles Lindbergh, Al Capone or Henry Ford. And Montville raps the ball sharply, a double off the wall if not a home run. Not only does he detail the impact of the Ruthian legend, he also shows how new developments — from radio to public relations — helped spread that legend to the masses.

Reader Reviews (Amazon 4.32 , GoodReads 3.75   , Barnes and Noble 4.0)

Here are some videos of the Sultan of Swat

The Bambino’s 60th Home Run

Babe Ruth and Walter Johnson Exhibition



One Response to “SN Top 100 Players: Babe Ruth”
  1. Dave says:

    There is no comparison until someone hits 700 HR’s keep a life-career BA over .320 AND winning 96 games as well. There is no comparison! The Babe is the Best

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