Thursday, December 29, 2016

Sexy and gorgeous nymphomaniac Clara Bow, with her crimson, bee-stung lips, is just one of the characters who lend sparkle and pizzaz to the pages of "Babe Ruth & the 1927 Yankees Have the Best Summer Ever". She's obsessed with the size of the Babe's bat and they head off on a moonlit drive to the Nevada border in her Kissel Gold Bug Coupe. Ruth has just found out how hard young Gary Cooper punches. But then he asked for it.

The Babe plays tennis with Doug Fairbanks at Pickfair the next day and then goes with him and Mary Pickford to Breakaway House, Charlie Chaplin's place, where he's got another fifteen-year old cutie stashed.

When the Yankees go to Comiskey Al Capone's there with his boy. He's a huge Yankee fan. Joe Dugan and blue-eyed bachelor Mark Koenig go to see if Capone's at his favorite hangout, the Green Mill Cocktail Lounge, that night. Joe knows the password is "Wobbly Knees." Mark's a big hit with the long-legged cigarette girl. The place is full of scantily-clad flappers with cigarettes dangling between their lips as they order dirty martinis. Al isn't there but when the manager calls him Al sends a car so Mark and Joe can go see him in his suite at the Lexington. He has a shooting gallery there so he can "practice for hunting season."

Joe and some teammates go to the Cotton Club in New York and the wild and beautiful Zelda Fitzgerald is there. She tells Joe, whose wife is convinced he is fooling around, that her hips are absolutely wild tonight and when she rubs up against him she asks, "You don't mind, do you? I'm afraid I'm not good for anything but pleasure-giving pursuits."
   
Meanwhile, the Babe, whose favorite bordellos are the House of the Good Sheperd and the House of All Nations, is worried. He's still
trying to win back the affection of the millions of kids he let down with his outrageous behavior in '25, a season in which the Yankees finished second-last. But he's the worst hitter on the club in April and the seemingly superhuman Lou Gehrig is hitting one home run after another.
   
George Pipgras can't find the strike zone. Joe Dugan's banged up. Tony Lazzeri may collapse any minute - or worse. Urban Shocker can't even be allowed to lie down. Waite Hoyt could get arrested for what's in his trunk and Bob Shawkey's worried the Tiger Lady may kill him. Miller Huggins is on his way to an ulcer. Then things get worse - thanks to Ty Cobb, the evil son of a bitch who hates the Babe's guts.

 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Out of the Park Worldwide proudly announces the release of Will Braund's second historical novel, "Babe Ruth & the 1927 Yankees Have the Best Summer Ever."



Like his first novel, King of the Hall of Flakes, and his third, The Only Del, which is set for a Spring 2017 release, Babe Ruth & the 1927 Yankees Have the Best Summer Ever is based on painstaking research into every aspect of the subject, in this case the greatest and most interesting baseball team of all time.

If Will finds out the Yankees ate at a restaurant he tells you not just what street it's on, he describes the décor, tells you what the rooms are called, what's on the menu, and what the cigarette girl is wearing. If the Babe visits a bordello you'll feel like your inside it with him, cutting into a 32-ounce steak, listening to the orchestra, looking at the paintings on the walls, swilling the brandy around in your crystal glass, and smelling the girls' perfume.

Check out what just fell out of the Babe's locker. And looks what's on top of it! You'll giggle along with the rest of the Yankees as Tony Lazzeri sticks a burning match in Herb Pennock's shoe while everybody waits for Lucky Lindy to make it to the Stadium.
    
You'll hear and feel the clicking wheels on the tracks under the Pullman car as you and the conductor stare wide-eyed at the book Waite Hoyt's reading. Herb Pennock's reading too, but it could be dangerous. Speaking of which, don't let Urban Shocker lie down! And if you're around Tony Lazzeri in the morning you could be in for a shock. He's got a secret. Everybody knows what Biscuit Pants Gehrig will be doing ... writin' his mom another letter. Say, but she sure served a great dinner for all the German players the other night.

You'll hear Everybody's Doin' It, and No Wonder She's a Blushin', and Let's Misbehave playin' on the Victrola in the Babe's suite at the Ansonia. You'll have a laugh when the Babe calls his bootlegger. Later you can go for a dip in the pool with the Babe and Flo Ziegfeld and his mistress.
    
You'll hear Charlie Chaplin's British accent when you go along with the Babe, Doug Fairbanks and Mary Pickford to Breakaway House to talk about the motion picture academy they're starting up.

Of course you may be still be thinking about what the Babe and the sexy and beautiful Clara Bow did on their midnight drive to Nevada.
    


You'll gulp along with Tony, and Joe, and Mark Koenig (it's pronounced Kaynig by the way) when you realize that Al Capone's just invited you up to his sweet at the Lexington. Check out the secret shooting gallery.

The booze is flowing, the flappers are frisky. Everybody's havin' a swell time. Don't miss out. Buy Babe Ruth & the 1927 Yankees Have the Best Summer Ever at Amazon, Kobo, or Barnes & Noble.