LISTEN: Jane Leavy Discusses New Babe Ruth Book With Mike Francesa

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October 16, 2018 - 3:58 pm


The seeds for Jane Leavy's new book "The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created," were planted several years ago when the bestselling author wrote an article about Ruth's daughter, Julia Ruth Stephens, for the now-defunct website Grantland.

In an interview, Julia casually mentioned that Ruth's parents were separated, Leavy told WFAN's Mike Francesa on Tuesday.

"Oh yes, I just thought everybody knew," Leavy recalled Julia saying. 

"And I went, 'Nobody knew!'" replied Leavy, who had read practically everything written about the baseball legend.

"And that was the one thing that became the key to unlocking the missing story of Babe Ruth, which is his childhood. If you look at all the other books ... there's no childhood. It's as if he sprang fully fledged from St. Mary's when he went off to the Baltimore Orioles at age 19. And I knew if there was anything new to be added to understanding this guy ... I was going to have to find the little boy that his family called 'Little George' in order to make sense of the big fella."

To listen to Leavy's full interview with Francesa, click on the audio above.