Author Series: Jane Leavy

Saturday, July 20, 2019 - 2:00pm

Our Authors Series brings noted baseball authors to Cooperstown for special lectures and book signings during the summer months. These programs are included with the cost of admission.

On Saturday, July 20th at 2pm, the Hall of Fame will welcome author Jane Leavy to talk about her new book, The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created.

After hitting his 60th home run in September of 1927, Babe Ruth embarked on the mother of all barnstorming tours, a three-week victory lap across America, accompanied by teammate Lou Gehrig. Ruth’s agent, Christy Walsh, called the tour a “Symphony of Swat.” The Omaha World Herald called it “the biggest show since Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey, and seven other associated circuses offered their entire performance under one tent.”

In The Big Fella, voted the winner of the Seymour Medal by the Society for American Baseball Research in 2018, acclaimed biographer Jane Leavy recreates that 21-day circus and in so doing captures the pomp and the pathos that defined Ruth’s life and times.

Drawing from more than 250 interviews, a trove of previously untapped documents, and the Ruth family records, Leavy breaks through the mythology that has obscured the legend of The Babe and delivers the story of the man. Leavy recounts a life full of journeys and itineraries, road trips and hunting trips, grand tours of foreign capitals and postseason promotional tours, and his 714 trips around the bases.

The program includes a presentation in the Grandstand Theater, followed by a book signing in the Library Atrium. Presentation at 2 pm. Book signing at 2:30 pm.

For more information call (607) 547-0362.