The “Babe” Comes to Hartford: One boy’s great adventure to meet the Bambino
List Price: 12.95
Available: February 2015
For young boys living in the early years of the 20th century, baseball was often a main pastime, if not an obsession. Back in the time of “Babe” Ruth, Ty Cobb, and Christy Mathewson, and the glory days of baseball, children followed every move of their favorite players in the hopes of eventually having one chance meeting. The “Babe” Comes to Hartford is the story of a boy living in Hartford, Connecticut during the time of World War I. He is a huge fan of the Boston Red Sox and their star pitcher and slugger “Babe” Ruth. One day he hears the most wonderful news of his life; The “Babe” is coming to town to play in an exhibition game to benefi t the soldiers fi ghting in France. It’s the chance of a lifetime. He must fi nd a way to see the “Babe” play in the ballgame. He must also fi nd a way to do the impossible; meet his hero during his brief stay in the capitol city. Can he scrape together enough money to buy a ticket to the game? With two outs in the bottom of the ninth will it be one, two, three strikes you’re out or will the “Babe” step up to the plate and hit a homerun for his biggest fan? Follow along with this coming-of-age story as a young boy struggles with school, work, family, and his obsession for baseball, all the while letting nothing stand in the way of his chance to meet the Great Bambino.
Ronald Bolin is an amateur baseball historian and a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. His passion for baseball and American history combine to create a unique look into the history of our national pastime. He has worked in Connecticut history museums for many years, and enjoys relating the stories of the old Nutmeg State. For many years he portrayed “Babe” Ruth as an education ambassador for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. During these appearances to spread the goodwill of baseball, he was always amazed at the fans’ excitement while meeting the “Babe.”