Magazine February 11, 2019, Issue

The Truth about Ruth

The Babe in full swing at batting practice (Heritage Auctions via Wikimedia Commons)
The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created, by Jane Leavy (HarperCollins, 656 pp. $32.50)

In the spring of 1923, the New York Yankees moved into their new digs, the House That Ruth Built, and proceeded to run away with the American League pennant. That summer, F. Scott Fitzgerald began writing the Great American Novel. For a while he wanted to title his book “Trimalchio,” after the character in the Satyricon, to convey in a word the poignancy of Jay Gatsby, that “elegant young roughneck” who joined new money to bad taste because he grew up  poor and, in his boyish romantic enthusiasm, didn’t know any better. His rival, Tom Buchanan, joined older money to

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