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Babe Ruth’s Called Shot, Yes or No?

July 28, 2018

Babe Ruth
Yesterday’s Greatest Myth-Maker

Happy Saturday Morning, Everybody!! ~ And what a great time again to ask the question that will never be answered for certain by even the deepest, blue history thinkers in the game. Even those who do affirm it say their words of support in the most whimsical ways ~ and with everything from a slight to widely spreading smile on their faces when they do.

Did Babe Ruth call his shot at Wrigley Field against the Cubs in the 1932 World Series? ~ Or was he simply pointing at Cubs pitcher Charlie Root, from the plate to the mound, as the two engaged in what we now call “trash talk” with each other prior to the next pitch that ended up flying high and deep off the Babe’s bat as a home run to deep right center ~ and giving birth to a visual communication that engrained the perception in the crowd ~ that they had just witnessed in totality ~ Babe Ruth predicting a home run to center field and them making delivery.

And remember too ~ all this hubbub arose from the mass visual memory of this event. The film you are about to see here ~ or probably already have seen ~ was taken by rare fan in the crowd with an early silent movie camera ~ but it only came to public attention some year in the past twenty or thirty. ~This thing was born and raised on the repetition of often reported memories of those eye witnesses who were there in 1932 to record mental perceptions of Babe Ruth predicting his home runs.

It is the film that brings us the follow-up shots of Babe waving his hand at pitcher Root again as he rounds first and heads for second in his home run trot. Even those motivations can be taken as either the Babe “rubbing it in” or as evidence that it was simply more gloat from the general trash talk that Ruth had decided to engage in with Root.

Ruth doesn’t start making big claims that he called his shot until he finds out back in the dugout after the bases trot that apparently everyone else thinks he did. Then he’s all over the affirmation as the primary source authenticator of that claim.

Enjoy the brief clip and the visual part of this story. It also includes some comment by Lefty Gomez, one of the great Yankee pitchers who was there that day. Plus, a handful of other prominent baseball writers chime in too.

In the end, you will be left with the question that only you can answer: Did Babe Ruth really call his shot in Chicago, or not?

Here’s the link:


Addendum: Reader Cliff Blau‘s suggestion in the comment section below is worth the additional look because of the light it sheds on the angle and direction of Babe Ruth’s arm-pointing. Check it out too at the following link once you’ve seen our suggested site film.



Bill McCurdy

Principal Writer, Editor, Publisher

The Pecan Park Eagle

Did Ruth Call His Shot in Chicago?

July 12, 2013
Wrigley Field, Chicago Game 3, World Series 5th Inning October 1, 1932

Wrigley Field, Chicago
Game 3, World Series
5th Inning
October 1, 1932

I’m sorry, but I choose to ask it one more time, one of the most over-asked and over-worked questions in baseball history: Did Babe Ruth really call his shot in the 5th inning of Game Three in the 1932 World Series at Wrigley Field in Chicago? The answer is about as rhetorical as the query  that is so flippantly applied these days to all things obvious, “Is the Pope Catholic?”

Did Ruth really predict his 440 foot home rune to deep center field that day off Cubs pitcher Charlie Root? The answer is plain by now, or should be: ~ No! Not only “No!”, but “Hell, no!”

After more than eighty years of selective media myth-building, rational evidence-building to the contrary, and plenty of off-the-cuff denigrating comment by players who were there that October 1, 1932 afternoon in Chicago, the person who still thinks Ruth called his shot is right in there with the Mills Commission and its selection of Abner Doubleday and Cooperstown as the proven inventor and definitive home of baseball’s first game.

The whole “called shot” thing was set in motion by writer Joe Williams of the New York World-Telegram, who wrote the following headline for his same day story of Game Three: “RUTH CALLS SHOT AS HE PUTS HOME RUN NO. 2 IN SIDE POCKET.” In his article, Williams described events this way: “In the fifth, with the Cubs riding him unmercifully from the bench, Ruth pointed to center and punched a screaming liner to a spot where no ball had been hit before.” The words of the lone cherished writer who took that angle were like flint upon flint in a small pocket of sawdust-textured myth. The thing just grew into baseball’s version of the 2nd Great Chicago Fire.

For me, the greatest confirming evidence to the ruse would have been to have had one hundred ear witnesses to the following exchange between Babe Ruth and pitcher Charlie Root in 1942:

In 1942, during the making of The Pride of the YankeesBabe Herman (who was at that time a teammate of Root with the minor league Hollywood Stars) was on the movie set as a double for both Ruth (who played himself in most scenes) and Gary Cooper (who played Lou Gehrig). Herman re-introduced Root and Ruth on set and the following exchange (later recounted by Herman to baseball historian Donald Honig), took place:

  • Root: “You never pointed out to center field before you hit that ball off me, did you?”
  • Ruth: “I know I didn’t, but it made a hell of a story, didn’t it?”

Root went to his grave vehemently denying that Ruth ever pointed to center field. 

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