Gift Of The Bambino


It is 1914. A young boy takes in a baseball game with his father and sees a tall, lanky Babe Ruth hit his first home run as a professional.

The ball sails through the sky and drops into the bay just beyond the fence. Thus begins an epic tale of hopes, dreams and fantasy that the boy takes with him on the journey of life. He shares it with no one as he toils through triumph and tragedy, and not until he finally confides in his own grandson some two generations later is his struggle vindicated. Gift of the Bambino is a novel about a young boy and his grandfather, and how the two are bound by baseball and the spirit of Babe Ruth. The novel received rave reviews across North America with reviews in The Wall Street Journal, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Sun and many others.



Amernic generates a sepia-tinted Field of Dreams nostalgia. The truly moving scenes show the special bond between Lazo and Stephen – in the loving counsel of old age, the awakening of a young mind, and a friendship that spans generations. W. P. Kinsella, author of Shoeless Joes, which was made into the film Field of Dreams Like all good baseball novels, Gift of the Bambino is a love story that is peripherally about baseball.  Babe Ruth’s first home-run ball is the axis on which this tale of triumph and adversity turns.  It is at times both heart-wrenching and heart-warming, and a thoroughly enjoyable read.
The Globe and Mail