Babe Ruth's Called Shot

Babe Ruth's Called Shot

The Myth and Mystery of Baseball's Greatest Home Run

eBook - 2014
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Game Three of the 1932 World Series between the Cubs and Yankees stood locked at 4-4. Some 50,000 fans had gathered at Wrigley Field that bright October day, but above their roar Ruth heard insults pouring from the Cubs' dugout. He watched a fastball from Cubs pitcher Charlie Root set the count at 2-2. Agitated, the Bambino made a gesture, holding out two fingersbut what did it mean? Lou Gehrig heard him call out: I'm going to knock the next one down your goddamn throat. Then the game's greatest showman pounded Root's next pitch. The ball whizzed past the centerfield scoreboard and began its long journey into history. In an instant, the legend of the Called Shot was born, the debate about what Ruth actually did still dividing fans and sports historians alike more than 80 years later. Deftly placing the homer in the social and economic contexts of the time, Chicago sportswriter Ed Sherman gives us the first full-length, in-depth look at one of baseball's most celebrated and enduring momentsincluding the incredible stories of two hand-held videos taken by fans and rediscovered decades laterand answers the question: Did Ruth really call his shot?
Publisher: Guilford, Connecticut :, Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press,, [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014.
ISBN: 9781493007912
1493007912
Characteristics: 1 online resource : illustrations

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