July 24, 2016
The Babe’s Called Shot –
The following is a partial transcript of a short video on the Babe’s Called Shot:
Narrator: The 1932 Series is Babe’s last, but yet it produces his greatest moment…
Voice of Babe Ruth: “I’ll never forget – it was a tough Series. Both clubs riding each other… doing everything to get each other’s goat. Well, there was this one particular time when I went to bat. Charlie Root was pitching….”
Commentator Donald Honig: “The yelling from the Cubs’ dugout was positively sulfurous… as well as from the fans, THEY WERE IN ON THIS, THIS WAS A CHICAGO CROWD. They were throwing things and yelling, and Ruth was standing in the batter’s box, yelling back at them… between pitches.”
Voice of Babe Ruth: “And the first pitched ball was a called strike – well, I thought it was outside and didn’t like it very much”
Commentator Donald Honig: “More yelling… back and forth… ‘Strike Two’… more yelling…”
Voice of Babe Ruth: “Well, I didn’t like that one, either, so I let it go by. Well, I stepped out of the box and, by that time they were over there going CRAZY!”
Commentator Donald Honig: “The volume coming from the stands was so loud that some of the Cub players were running out of the dugout and cupping their hands around their mouths to make sure Ruth heard them. Then he makes his famous gesture.”
Voice of Babe Ruth: “Then I looked out in centerfield and I saw it. I said, ‘I’m gonna hit the next pitched ball right past the flagpole!’ Well, the Good Lord must have been with me.”
[The Babe does it].
Commentator Jim Beady: I have seen the motion picture film which they brought up, made by some amateur, which seems to have Babe Ruth’s arm in motion. I don’t know whether he called it or not.
Cubs’ 2nd baseman Billy Herman (in 1991): Gabby Hartnett’s the catcher, he was right there, he knew what was going on. He said, no, he wasn’t pointing to the stands, he was pointing at the bench and talkin’ back to the bench because they were ridin’ him pretty hard. He just pointed two fingers at the dugout, said, “That’s only two strikes.” He wasn’t pointin’ – he was pointin’ to the dugout.”
Yankees Pitcher Lefty Gomez (in 1988): Well, it made a great story. A lot of people have said he didn’t. It’s going to be one of those things – for the rest of our lives: did he or did he not? I would say he did. I saw him point the bat out. I would say he called it.
Yankees 3rd baseman Bill Werber: But it would be not at all typical of Ruth. He was not a showboat. He made his bat talk for him – I’m sure he didn’t call the shot.
Commentator : I will go to my grave not knowing for sure – frankly, not giving a d—; I’m sure the legend exists – that I am sure.
End of Transcript
Here are some points to make:
- The radio announcer said he called his shot: I have a tape of the radio broadcast of the 1932 World Series at the moment this happened. I will post a transcript later (technical problems that will soon be solved). I have listened to the recording a number of times – it’s not a fake, as far as I can tell (I’ve listened to a lot of ball games over the years; this sounds like the real thing). There is no way the announcer could have known what was about to happen – he told it as he saw it. And, to him, the Babe definitely hit the ball where he had just pointed to. He wouldn’t have been privy to the talk going on between Gabby Hartnett, the Cubs’ bench, and the Babe. As he saw it, it was a called shot.
- The Babe knows what he did by the way he ran the bases; the Babe was absolutely DELIGHTED with what had just transpired. It wasn’t just because he hit a home run – he did that a lot. No – he knew the moment he did it that he had done something special. The announcer laughs at Ruth’s antics around the bases. He mentions that Ruth “thumbed his nose” at the Cub bench as he rounded third.
- The Babe himself told John Chamberlain, a famous sportswriter, that it was the greatest moment in his career: Of all the amazing moments of his career that the Babe could have picked as his greatest, why would he pick this one if it was all just a misunderstanding? This was also one of the last things he ever did as a player – he retired in May of the 1935 season. Why THIS moment, if he didn’t realize how significant it was?
- Most Americans – even young ones, even people who don’t pay attention to Major League baseball – recognize that gesture: I tried it recently on a 20-year old young woman, pantomiming what the Babe did. It took very little prompting for her to recognize that I was referencing the Babe’s called shot. It is referenced frequently, often as a joke for a momentary laugh. How many times, in a friendly softball game, has someone stepped out of the batter’s box and pointed to the fence before getting ready to hit? Lots of times. It’s very well known.
- To everybody at that ball game, who couldn’t hear what the players were saying to each other, there was no doubt what they saw! People there saw Ruth point to the distant flagpole, and then hit one there on the next pitch.
- Ruth gave credit to whom credit was due: He said “The Good Lord” must have been with him – and there’s no doubt of that! He knew it was the Providence of God – and he gave public testimony to it!
Here’s what happened – again: Babe Ruth, a blessed individual in the eyes of the Lord, was being verbally attacked by the Chicago Cubs’ players AND fans (it was sulfurous). They were throwing things at him from the stands, including lemons. The Babe called Strike One and Strike Two on himself. His gesture for Strike Two looked to everybody watching (not including the catcher Hartnett, who couldn’t see what the gesture looked like from the stands) that he had “called his shot” by pointing to the distant flagpole in center field.
The Babe went to bat, not intending to call his shot – but he was intending to shut up the Cubs and their fans with his bat. THAT he certainly did! He didn’t intend to call his shot – until he did!
Lastly: why go over this again? Because this is the key to the Cubs’ failures over the past 108 years. It was not the Billy goat – don’t give the devil that much power! It was “The Curse of the Bambino: Chicago Style!” It was an 84-year curse on the Cubs because the God referred to in the Bible as Elohim, Yahweh, and Abba Father, cursed them for the way they were treating one who was blessed.
Yes – ask the Red Sox – Babe Ruth was blessed. And anyone who mistreated him or disrespected him was cursed. An 84-year curse (SEVEN times TWELVE) IS THE MAXIMUM – THE Cubs had two OVERLAPPING 84-year curses on them. The first one ended in 2003 (does that year ring a bell, Cubs fans) with a negative manifestation because there was another curse…
One put on them by Babe Ruth… for the viciously disrespectful treatment of the Bambino…
But – that curse has ended…
And unless the Cubs do something REALLY stupid – they will win the 2016 World Series.
And don’t forget a shout-out to the Bambino when it happens. Hey – he was only the messenger… it was Elohim who laid the curse.