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The Bambino Secret: A Novel of Love, Murder, and Scandal

3.15  ·  Rating Details ·  13 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
At once a contemporary mystery and a historical tale, this novel flashes between two eras, linking authentic historical events and actual occurrences of the 1920s to a present day investigation. Babe Ruth, one of America's greatest heroes, was a black man who had to hide his heritage, always under the stress and threat of losing his career. Yet he was constantly involved ...more
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published April 2nd 2008 by Elkhorn Publishing
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Todd Stockslager
Jun 08, 2015 Todd Stockslager rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
Three things shine through in this debut novel by J. Anderson Cross

--His detailed research and analysis on the historical aspects of his debut novel
--His sincere passion for the subject of baseball and race
--His inexperience as a writer

"The Bambino Secret" as history is based on speculation, because of his dark complexion and large facial features, that Babe Ruth had African-American genes in his family tree. While there is some speculation based on racially-charged nicknames during his playing
Dec 01, 2008 Sandie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sports enthusiasts, historical fiction lovers
First you must accept that this is a novel and not a biography of Babe Ruth. It does not purport to be conclusive evidence of Ruth’s Negro ancestry and is, if you will, an enjoyable journey into “Historical fiction”. That said, I must admit that although I am not a big baseball fan and that most of my knowledge of Ruth was derived from a movie made in the mid-1940’s starring William Bendix. Both that movie and this book portray Ruth as a man of contradictions. On one hand we have Babe Ruth the ...more
Dec 17, 2008 J.R. rated it really liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Cross has written an entertaining novel, certain to stir some controversy. I found the novel engrossing and it kept me turning pages.
But I fear careless readers may overlook the author’s disclaimer that it is fiction and will take the novel as historical fact. Second, I wish there had been a little more care in the editing.
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