Terry Hersom, columnist at the Sioux City Journal, shares his thoughts on Mickey Mantle, Babe Ruth, and the brother who knew the Big Fella well:
Iâ€™m simply pleased to have had a couple telephone conversations and exchanged some correspondence with Leavy, who reached out to me in the process of research for a book that will be released in October. If weâ€™re lucky, sheâ€™ll be traveling to Sioux City for a book signing.
This new work is â€œThe Big Fella,â€™â€™ with the subtitle â€œBabe Ruth And The World He Created.â€
Obviously, plenty of books have been written about Ruth, including a great one by Mr. Montville called â€œThe Big Bam.â€™â€™
The new one, though, is of particular importance to many of us. Thatâ€™s because itâ€™s primarily about how Ruth and teammate Lou Gehrig came to Sioux City as part of a barnstorming tour on Oct. 18, 1927, just 10 days after the Yankees finished off a four-game World Series sweep of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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