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Saving Babe Ruth

(Lawyer David Thompson Series .5)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  186 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
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When Civil War buff and burned-out lawyer David Thompson fights to save a kids' baseball league, he's launched on a thrill ride that threatens his family, his team, and his life. Captivating characters lead double lives and keep secrets in this award-winning page-turner based on a true story.

A cast of shady adults
Paperback, 1, 348 pages
Published June 27th 2014 by Hillcrest House Publishing
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Oct 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
As a life-long baseball fan, I took my seat and was eagerly awaiting hours of entertainment with my Kindle as I imagined the smell of freshly cut grass, chalked foul lines, and sun-warmed morning air. Saving Babe Ruth by Tom Swyers sounded like it would be a pleasant break from the murderous, psychotic adrenaline rush I often get while reading thriller mysteries.

Baseball is fun. Base hits. Amazing catches. Double plays. Perfectly executed bunts. Those are the good times. There are also the games
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating fictional journey through the oft-unseen world of real life Babe Ruth baseball.

The story revolves around David Thompson, a lawyer and Civil War buff who becomes the commissioner for his town’s Babe Ruth baseball program. Thompson’s thirteen year-old son, Christy, plays for the town. The setting is your average American town enjoying America’s favorite summer pastime, when suddenly it becomes much more than that.

Rob Barkus has designs on the Babe Ruth players and their ball
Adam McGowan
Jun 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: done
babe ruth was realy funny and a great baseball player who has a lot of MLB recorads and he is nice to people by buying people beers
David Caldwell
I won a copy on Goodreads Firstreads.

I haven't made it too far into this book yet. I am only around page 80. So far, it has been hard to really get into it. What I have gotten out of it is that local baseball (free to play community program) is good and the elite travel (pay to play private program) is bad. The community program has the best field but is losing players to the travel league which wants to take over the best field. The parents seem to feel if they pay for their kids to play, they
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In Saving Babe Ruth, David Thompson is a lawyer who tries to save the local Babe Ruth baseball program, partially because his son, Christy, plays in the team. Thompson believes the kids sohould play for the sake of the game, and to have fun, but promoters are trying to professionalize the boy’s baseball league and the parents only care about winning so that their kids can get scholarships and the likes. Thompson wants
Aug 29, 2015 rated it liked it
It took me a little to get into this book, but once I did I found that I couldn't put it down. I thought the book was very one-sided towards rec ball and only gave the pit falls of travel ball. Having been exposed to both in a town that encourages both and players that play both rec and travel ball, I found this attitude hard to accept. However, having traveled with the "travel ball" team, I have seen coaches that epitomize Roy Backus and what he represented. The sad thing is that this is based ...more
Katy M
Aug 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Pop Sugar 2018 Reading Challenge-a book about sports.

This book was about saving the local Babe Ruth League. Which is like Little League but for high school kids.

OK, I don't even know where to start. This was supposedly based on a true story. I can only hope that the author took a lot of liberties, because otherwise most of the people involved really need to be committed to an insane asylum. The opening scene has our protagonist David Thompson spying on our antagonist on the Babe Ruth field and h
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A rewarding jog outside my usual reading genre (historical romance)

I downloaded this book for free. I love baseball and feel very strongly that the expense of travel ball and the intense stress deriving from focusing on a kid's future (potential for scholarship?) over fun and friendship now is putting baseball out of reach for the average-to-not-so-good player. Actually, an excellent 10-year old player without a few thousand dollars a year for league fees, one-on-one coaching, and workshops/bas
Bob Ely
This wasn't a bad book, but it wasn't great either. A man goes against a whole town to try and save baseball for all kids, not just the select few. It is good to see how he reacts with the parents of those who are trying to stop him. It is a feel good story, but it is long and drawn out. The last few chapters make the reader want to keep reading until the end. It was easy to put down after a chapter.
Peter Landi
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
My favorite part of this book was when Babe Ruth called his shot to dead center field and then on the first pitch of the at bat he hit a homerun. My least favorite part was when it says that Hank Aaron eventually beat his homerun record because I didn't like Hank Aaron. This book went by very slow, it was very detailed.
Larry Richardson
Saving Youth Baseball

Five stars not enough, I would give it six if I could. Having been a Babe Ruth coach, the story was of great interest to me. I was looking forward to reading the book and the author and his story didn't disappoint. But it's more than a baseball story, it's a life story. I highly recommend this book.
Tim Mullen
Aug 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thoroughly enjoyed reading this story of one man's battle to preserve both his present and his past through Little League Baseball in Indigo Valley, NY. I also managed to learn a considerable amount about the Battle of Gettysburg which was a nice bonus for a history buff like myself.
Barb VanderWel
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this & I can't wait for more.
I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon.
And letting everyone know about it.
So i gave it a 5 Stars.
Rich Sloma
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great novel.
Don Paske
Oct 16, 2016 rated it did not like it
I must confess. I didn't read all of this book. I read (slogged) the first one-half and skimmed the second half to see if it would get any better. It didn't seem to get better at all. I don't understand why it has gotten awards and great ratings...
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Reviewer note--I received an ARC from the author.

As summer begins to wind down and Pennant races begin to tighten up in preparation for the Fall Classic, author Tom Swyers' debuts with a novel that is truly one of a kind. Saving Babe Ruth is a truly original story that possesses many great elements of story telling.

One of the things that makes Saving Babe Ruth an excellent read is its unpredictability. While I will admit to having had a pretty good sense of how the book would end, I was never
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: blog, arc, baseball
4 of 5 stars (excellent)

When I was provided a copy of this book to review by the author, the title made me think it was about Babe Ruth – another biography of the Great Bambino. Then I saw the cover and was intrigued with the gun being held instead of a baseball bat. After that, I started reading and was hooked from the opening passage.

In the upstate New York town of Indigo Valley, a lawyer who has had trouble finding cases to handle is the volunteer commissioner of the town’s B
Dana Lowe
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Saving Babe Ruth” By Tom Swyers is a book that deserves more than a passing glance. The saying don't judge a book by it's cover certainly applies for this piece of literature on many levels. Some may snatch it up in anticipation because it includes the name Babe Ruth which is synonymous with baseball. The reader should know Babe Ruth is not a character in this book, but recognized as the baseball great he was as community and youth baseball teams joined leagues named in his honor.

Most readers
If you have read the complete synopsis of Saving Babe Ruth by following the link to Goodreads, you have a good idea of the main characters and plot as Tom Swyers has developed both. However, one central and motivating element stood out as I read this book. I want to focus on that today.

At the heart of Saving Babe Ruth is its main character, David Thompson. Husband, father, and lawyer, David is passionate about his family, Civil War history and art, and the Babe Ruth recreational baseball league
Jun 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Saving Babe Ruth starts off just like one of my all-time favorite novels — Straight Man by Richard Russo. A middle-aged father is dealing with a major problem. In their respective stories, both Russo and Swyers introduce the problem with humor and meaning. Russo’s lead character is dealing with a career crisis. Swyers is trying to save a youth hometown baseball league from the insanity of elite baseball and those who misuse it for their own selfish and/or misguided purposes.

While this book is ab
Jun 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
To begin I was fortunate enough to receive an advanced copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads give away program. Also this is my first book review so I hope it is helpful since I am new to being a book reviewer.

At first glance I saw this as a book of interest having grown up playing in a small town community league. I didn't know exactly what to expect but I was blown away at the quality of the book as I am usually hesitant to test the waters with authors I've never read.

The book be
Scott Alleman
Feb 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Swing and a miss.

I initially set this book aside after two chapters because the author couldn't help but use every baseball cliche imaginable. I only picked it up again when I was on a train and had no internet access to download another book. I trudged through a couple more chapters and got hooked, but only because it was so bad I wanted to see where the author went with it. The characters weren't believable, and the plot seemed like it was something a child might imagine adult life is like.

Jake Schornick
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was very curious to see what Mr. Swyers had in store after receiving the Kindle version of the book. Having grown up playing "in-house" baseball and family members who played a lot of elite travel ball, I figured the story would be right up my alley. I was not disappointed. Swyers writes from a very authentic point of view that comes from years in the trenches dealing with real life adult battles over youth baseball leagues. Some of the ridiculous situations that the adults get themselves come ...more
Jun 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Based on a true story, Tom Swyers has crafted a baseball tale that is both laugh out loud funny and touching.
David Thompson, a Civil war buff and 50 year old elder lawyer, is watching his clients pass away while struggling in his own marriage. When he learns that the youth league in his hometown of Indigo Valley is shutting down, he starts coming up with plans to save the team. The Babe Ruth baseball program is important to his eighth grade son, Christy – and to all of Christy’s friends. The id
Sep 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed this one. I'm usually a romance reader and only once in a while read other genres, although I do enjoy them. I chose to read and review this one because of my love of baseball. I have to say, for a debut novel, Mr. Swyers has done a remarkable jog. I found myself involved and yelling and cheering and laughing and angry, etc. You get the idea. Mr. Swyers has written a tale that encompasses so many emotions. The story of his fight to save the Babe Ruth youth baseball program is one ...more
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read
I really enjoyed this book and it does a good job of pulling at the heart strings once you are settled in. The real strength in this novel are the characters and their ability to help you fully immerse and suspend disbelief for a while. The whole America's pastime/nostalgia factor also work their magic on the reader. Two minor criticism's I have would be that I think the length could be shortened up for more dramatic effect and the villain can be a little on the nose at times. Once again though, ...more
Jul 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
The premise of Tom Swyers book "Saving Babe Ruth" was to tell the story of a father and little league volunteer who took on almost a whole town in a desperate attempt to save the local Babe Ruth league from extinction. The events and personalities in the book are close to believable but the dialog in the story seems trite and exaggerated. The book would be much better with some serious editing. It's okay though for people who've been through the little league experience and can relate to the pol ...more
Jun 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review

I found this book very interesting. The story is very original. But my complaints are:

* is that it does not grip the reader. I sometimes tried to find an excuse to not read it.
* Too many details! At first I liked it, but then it was too much. This book easily be 290 pages. I think Jacob Golder was unnecessary.

Those are my only complaints!
Randy Grossman
Jan 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
About the only thing REAL interesting about this book was the title and the front cover. I read the entire thing because I do like baseball....but prolly the last half was speed reading. It was a lot of legal rhetoric about different youth baseball leagues fighting over status and recognition. And most of it just didn't read very fluently.
Cory Warner
Feb 12, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book was a little hard to understand at first it was very slow in the beginning it didn't really get to the point it got to the point at like the end of the book then the book started to get good and I enjoyed it.
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