Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 10/1/12
On October 1, 1932—exactly 80 years ago this Monday—during the fifth inning of Game 3 of the World Series at Chicago’s Wrigley Field, Yankees slugger Babe Ruth, facing a 2-2 count against Cubs pitcher Charlie Root, looked over to the Cubs dugout then appeared to point toward center field. Ruth hit the next pitch 440 feet, over the center field wall. The home run broke a 4-4 tie, and the Yankees would hold the lead for the remainder of the game. The moment has become a part of baseball’s mythology: Babe Ruth’s “called shot.” The Cubs’ bench players had been taunting Ruth all game (even though Ruth had hit a homer in his first at bat), and the Bambino shut them up by telling his hecklers that he would hit a home run, showing them the direction in which he would hit it and following through on his promise. Or so the story goes. Babe Ruth’s called shot has become a part of the Bambino’s mythos and is one of those events that comes up whenever someone makes a list of the great moments i...
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