Book Review: The Bambino Secret

The author of this book has done an excellent job of writing a very suspenseful and intriguing story surrounding Babe Ruth. For years rumor mills felt Babe Ruth was black but never could prove it. Having been one of America’s greatest heroes does it really matter?

During the 20’s blacks weren’t allowed to do many things and being a baseball player was one of them. It all began with a black man named Griffin needed a lawyer- he had something very important to tell. Once he told his story no one believed him and even though in good health he ended up dead. Was it to keep a secret to stay that way or was it due to natural causes?

Babes career started with the Orioles – he learned fast, stayed away from others and didn’t talk about his past. He was loud, drank too much and always had women around him even though he was married. His career was anything but pleasant some of the time- many suspected him of being black. He didn’t really know. Until one day he met his grandparents- then he knew. But he kept it a secret. No one could touch the Babe- even to this day can anyone say for fact he was black?

This is a very interesting and informative book- it covered many aspects of being black and poor during the 20’s, as well as suspenseful in that some information was fact and some was fiction. It is a great read and one book you can’t put down.

The Bambino Secret

J. Anderson Cross

Elkhorn Publishing, Inc.

P.O. Box 818

Elkhorn, NE 68022


ISBN: 0979517605

Reviewed by Carol Hoyer for Reader Views (9/08)

Amazing Story

5 Stars

Carol Hoyer is a Psychologist and online college instructor, as well as a freelance book reviewer. You can contact her through NewsBlaze or her blog at

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