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Montville, Leigh

Overview
Works: 23 works in 100 publications in 1 language and 9,457 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  History  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author
Classifications: GV865.R8, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by Leigh Montville
The Big Bam : the life and times of Babe Ruth by Leigh Montville( Book )

8 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 2,111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Babe Ruth was more than baseball's original superstar. For 85 years, he has remained the sport's reigning titan. He has been named Athlete of the Century more than once. But who was this large, loud, enigmatic man? Why is so little known about his childhood, his private life, and his inner thoughts? Based on newly discovered documents and interviews--including pages from Ruth's personal scrapbooks--this book traces Ruth's life from his bleak childhood in Baltimore to his brash entrance into professional baseball, from Boston to New York and into the record books as the world's most explosive slugger and cultural luminary. Sports biographer Montville explores every aspect of the man, paying particular attention to the myths that have always surrounded him. At a time when modern baseball is grappling with assorted controversies, this book brings back the pure glory days of the game.--From publisher description
Ted Williams : the biography of an American hero by Leigh Montville( Book )

7 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,669 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the life and career of baseball player Ted Williams, who, in 1941, had a .406 seasson, a record that has not been touched in over 60 years
At the altar of speed : the fast life and tragic death of Dale Earnhardt by Leigh Montville( Book )

12 editions published between 2001 and 2011 in English and held by 1,494 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the NASCAR legend
Evel : the high-flying life of Evel Knievel : American showman, daredevil, and legend by Leigh Montville( Book )

5 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 845 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From a "New York Times"-bestselling author comes the riveting new biography that pulls back the red, white, and blue cape on a cultural icon--and reveals the unknown, complex, and controversial man known to millions around the world as Evel Knievel
The mysterious Montague : a true tale of Hollywood, golf, and armed robbery by Leigh Montville( Book )

8 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and held by 636 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Montague was a boisterous enigma. He had a bagful of golf tricks, on and off the course. He could knock a bird off a wire from 170 yards, and when the big man arrived in Hollywood in the early 1930s, he quickly became a celebrity among celebrities. He played golf with everyone from Howard Hughes to Babe Ruth and his close friend Bing Crosby, whom he famously beat with only a rake, a shovel, and a bat. Yet strangely Montague never entered a professional tournament, and he never allowed his image to be captured on film. When a photographer snapped his picture with a telephoto lens, police in upstate New York recognized him as a fugitive wanted for armed robbery. As Montague was indicted, hordes of national media descended and turned a star-studded legal carnival into the most talked about trial of its day.--From publisher description
The Big Bam : the life and times of Babe Ruth by Leigh Montville( Recording )

11 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Based on newly discovered documents and interviews--including pages from Ruth's personal scrapbooks--The Big Bam traces Ruth's life from his bleak childhood in Baltimore into the record books as the world's most explosive slugger and cultural luminary"--Container
Manute : the center of two worlds by Leigh Montville( Book )

2 editions published between 1993 and 2011 in English and held by 437 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Account of the life and career of NBA basketball player, Manute Bol, from a small tribal village in the south of the Sudan to his American life as a professional athlete
Ted Williams : [the biography of an American hero] by Leigh Montville( Recording )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2007 in English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unabridged
Sting like a bee : Muhammad Ali vs. the United States of America, 1966-1971 by Leigh Montville( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A fascinating chronicle of the five-year period in Muhammad Ali's life that became a tumultuous turning point--when he joined the Nation of Islam, changed his name, refused military service, was stripped of his boxing license, and stood at the center of an incendiary legal case that gripped the nation. In June 2016, the world mourned Muhammad Ali as a heavyweight champion, a hero, an Olympic gold medalist, and an American icon. [Journalist] Leigh Montville now presents an intimate portrait of a pivotal five-year span--1966 to 1971--that is far less familiar. During this time, a young, exuberant Cassius Clay evolved into a politically aware, bombastic public figure who would forge a complicated relationship with his supporters, with his detractors, and with the United States in general. In the mid-1960s, Cassius Clay's stunning ability in the boxing ring--and his poetic rantings outside of it--made him a star. He defeated champion Sonny Liston and became heavyweight champion of the world, increasing his already vast fan base. But his racial rhetoric soon drew the scorn of many in 1960s white America when he joined the Nation of Islam and shed his 'slave name' for Muhammad Ali. After refusing to serve in the military upon being drafted for Vietnam--citing religious reasons--Ali triggered a legal and political battle that became more heated, public, and protracted than any fight he ever experienced in the ring. With sharp insight and perfect pitch, award-winning author Leigh Montville reveals a captivating study of Ali and his world during this period. From the legendary boxing triumphs to the tense legal battles, from the paranoid politics to the heated civil rights struggles of the sixties, and from Ali's raucous celebrity life to the emergence of an informed activist, Montville deftly narrates this compelling and little-known span of time. Sting Like a Bee is an important book that adds significant detail to the lore of an American icon."--Jacket
At the altar of speed : [the fast life and tragic death of Dale Earnhardt] by Leigh Montville( Recording )

8 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An exploration of the life of NASCAR's greatest legend details his childhood in smalltown North Carolina, his rise to success as a champion driver, and his inordinate desire to push his own limits
Evel : [the high-flying life of Evel Knievel : American showman, daredevil, and legend] by Leigh Montville( Recording )

7 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From a "New York Times"--Bestselling author comes the riveting new biography that pulls back the red, white, and blue cape on a cultural icon--and reveals the unknown, complex, and controversial man known to millions around the world as Evel Knievel
Why not us? : the 86-year journey of the Boston Red Sox fans from unparalleled suffering to the promised land of the 2004 World Series by Leigh Montville( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 114 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Recounts the Boston Red Sox baseball team's nine decade-long quest to win the World Series in terms of the memories and personal experiences of the team's devoted fans
The mysterious Montague : [a true tale of Hollywood, golf, and armed robbery] by Leigh Montville( Recording )

4 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 112 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Unabridged
Dare to dream : Connecticut basketball's remarkable march to the National Championship by Jim Calhoun( Book )

2 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 99 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The charismatic basketball coach at the University of Connecticut reveals the victorious secrets behind his team's breathtaking journey to the 1999 NCAA Division I National Championship--and along the way shares his philosophy for winning. It was one of those games that basketball fans will talk about for years. Here was the seemingly unbeatable Duke Blue Devils pitted against the first-time finalist Connecticut Huskies, and at stake was the ultimate crown: the National Championship. On that unforgettable night in St. Petersburg, Jim Calhoun and his amazing team wrote a new chapter in the storied history of the UConn Huskies program, putting the perfect exclamation point on a season to remember. But behind the high drama that fateful night in Florida lay an even more fascinating tale of one man's rise to college basketball preeminence. In Dare to Dream, the Huskies iron-willed coach, Jim Calhoun, for the first time shares his own story about his inspirational family and the tragedies they faced; about his early successful years at Northeastern, where he began to compile the first half of a unique double (he's the only coach to have won at least 250 games at two different Division I schools); and about his assumption of ultimate responsibility at the sleeping giant in Storrs, Connecticut. Along the way, Jim Calhoun paints fascinating portraits of the players who have done battle for him, and of the unsung heroes behind the scenes whose hard work and dedication to Connecticut basketball have kept the dream alive. In just thirteen years, Jim Calhoun has turned the Huskies into one of the leading basketball programs in the country, and in this moving, funny, and inspiring book, he takes us behind the scenes to show us just how he did it. From the Hardcover edition
The best American sports writing 2009( Book )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes articles chosen from magazines and newspapers on topics ranging from bullfighting to basketball, baseball, and boxing
Sting like a bee : Muhammad Ali vs. the United States of America, 1966-1971 by Leigh Montville( )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An insightful portrait of Muhammed Ali from the New York Times bestselling author of At the Altar of Speed and The Big Bam. It centers on the cultural and political implications of Ali's refusal of service in the military--and the key moments in a life that was as high profile and transformative as any in the twentieth century. With the death of Muhammad Ali in June, 2016, the media and America in general have remembered a hero, a heavyweight champion, an Olympic gold medalist, an icon, and a man who represents the sheer greatness of America. New York Times bestselling author Leigh Montville goes deeper, with a fascinating chronicle of a story that has been largely untold. Muhammad Ali, in the late 1960s, was young, successful, brash, and hugely admired--but with some reservations. He was bombastic and cocky in a way that captured the imagination of America, but also drew its detractors. He was a bold young African American in an era when few people were as outspoken. He renounced his name--Cassius Clay--as being his 'slave name,' and joined the Nation of Islam, renaming himself Muhammad Ali. And finally in 1966, after being drafted, he refused to join the military for religious and conscientious reasons, triggering a fight that was larger than any of his bouts in the ring. What followed was a period of legal battles, of cultural obsession, and in some ways of being the very embodiment of the civil rights movement located in the heart of one man. Muhammad Ali was the tip of the arrow, and Leigh Montville brilliantly assembles all the boxing, the charisma, the cultural and political shifting tides, and ultimately the enormous waft of entertainment that always surrounded Ali. Muhammed Ali vs. the United States of America is an important and incredibly engaging book
Boston's greatest sports stories '05 : beyond the headlines( Visual )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

2013 World champion Boston Red Sox : every picture tells the story( Book )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Baseball panel discussion with Jonathan Eig, Leigh Montville, Art Shamsky, and Neil Lanctot( )

1 edition published in 2005 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Leigh Montville, Ted Williams: The Biography of an American Hero - The journalist chosen to write Ted Williams's cover story obituary for Sports Illustrated, Leigh Montville was a sports columnist for The Boston Globe for twenty-one years, author of At the Alter of Speed and Manute, and co-author, with Jim Calhoun, of Dare to Dream. In his bestselling biography of Ted Williams, Montville offers an unparalleled exploration of the life of an American icon, conjuring the grace of William's swing and the power of his notoriously prickly public persona
David Maraniss: Clemente ; Leigh Montville: The Big Bam by David Maraniss( )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

The Free Library hosts Leigh Montville, the New York Times best-selling author of Ted Williams, with a new book on Babe Ruth based on newly discovered documents and interviews; and David Maraniss, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of They Marched Into the Sunlight with a new biography of Roberto Clemente, the legendary Latino baseball hero and humanitarian
 
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The Big Bam : the life and times of Babe Ruth
Alternative Names
Leigh Montville American sportswriter

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English (95)

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Ted Williams : the biography of an American heroAt the altar of speed : the fast life and tragic death of Dale EarnhardtEvel : the high-flying life of Evel Knievel : American showman, daredevil, and legendThe mysterious Montague : a true tale of Hollywood, golf, and armed robberyThe Big Bam : the life and times of Babe RuthTed Williams : [the biography of an American hero]At the altar of speed : [the fast life and tragic death of Dale Earnhardt]Evel : [the high-flying life of Evel Knievel : American showman, daredevil, and legend]