Babe Ruth, one of the best players in MLB History had a lot of huge moments in his career but one that people always remember him by is calling his shot.
The Babe Ruth shot call is one of the most debated events in the history of baseball. No one knows if he was calling a home run, gesturing at fans or the Chicago Cubs’ bench who were the opponents of the game.
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Babe Ruth Shot Call
Many reports state that the Cubs bench and fans were heckling Ruth a lot throughout the game. And Ruth was not a man to just ignore these men; he was not one to back down to a fight. He was using his words, gestures and actions to play around with the Cubs bench.
But, the biggest story of the game occurred in the 5th inning of game 3 in the World Series in 1932 at Wrigley Field, where the Cubs still play their games today.
The debate of this circumstance when Ruth stepped up to the plate was if he pointed to center field, the Cubs pitcher or Cubs bench.
With the score tied 4-4 in the fifth inning of game three, he took strike one from the pitcher. As the Cubs players kept on heckling Ruth and the fans hurling insults, Ruth held up his hand pointing at either the pitcher, the Cubs dugout or center field. He then repeated this gesture after taking strike two.
And this is when the moment occurred. The pitcher threw a curveball and Ruth smacked the ball 440 feet to the deepest part of center field.
Calling the game over the radio, broadcaster Tom Manning shouted, “The ball is going, going, going, high into the center-field stands…and it is a home run!” Ruth himself later described the hit as “past the flagpole” which stood behind the scoreboard and the 440 corners. Ruth’s powerful hit was aided by a strong carrying wind that day.
The New York Yankees and Ruth ended up winning the game 7-5 and ended up sweeping the Cubs in a four-game sweep.
There are many first-person eyewitness accounts at the game and many of them agree that the so-called Babe Ruth shot call was real, but there are also a few that disagree.
Cubs public-address announcer Pat Pieper said “Don’t let anybody tell you differently. Babe definitely pointed.” and his teammate Lou Gehrig stated “What do you think of the nerve of that big monkey. Imagine the guy calling his shot and getting away with it.”
With the limited film in the 1930s there is no exact proof that he pointed to center field, but in the 1970s, a 16 mm home movie of the Babe Ruth shot call surfaced and some believed it might put an end to the decades-old controversy.
The film was shot by an amateur filmmaker named Matt Miller Kandle, Sr. Only family and friends had seen the film until the late 1980s. In this it showed he was definitely pointing somewhere but it is very tough to see where exactly.