This Day in History: The Called Shot

Babe Ruth has been dead for more than 50 years and has not played in a Major League Baseball game since 1935.  Whether our grandparents remember him playing or kids learn of ‘The Great Bambino’ by watching The Sandlot, he is respected as one of the best baseball players of all time, by people of all ages. 


Arguably one of the most memorable moments, not only of Ruth’s career, but in baseball history is the ‘called shot’.  On October 1, 1932, Game 3 of the World Series opened in Chicago after the Yankees won the first two games in New York.  With the game tied in the fifth inning, Ruth came up to bat.  After going down in the count 0-2, The Babe stepped out of the batters' box and pointed.  Now, this act has been exaggerated and dramatized countless times by fans, Hollywood filmmakers and television recreations, each with a different perspective.  Some say Ruth pointed back at the opposing pitcher, others believe he was pointing at the Cubs bench, but most commonly, Ruth pointed to center field implying he would send one into the stands…and, he did.


Regardless of which account is accurate, the fact that Babe Ruth challenged the Cubs’ players and their fans and then followed through on his action all during a tied World Series game, and two strikes against him is simply epic.



Babe Ruth taking batting practice before Game 3 of 1932 World Series


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