Did Babe Ruth really call his shot? The answer might be in the cards.
For about as long as I can remember, there has been a story of Babe Ruth calling his shot during Game 3 of the 1932 World Series.
We’ve all seen the questionable grainy black and white footage, game film that has been debated for years.
Some say Ruth was merely pointing to the Cubs bench after jawing with opposing players, while the legend has it that he actually called his shot — he predicted hitting a home run. (Wikipedia entry)
I believe reporters actually asked Ruth about this some 79 years ago, and even then the answer was not a simple yes or no. Ruth pussy footed around the giving something vague. And then in the video shown below we hear Ruth stating that he did indeed call his shot, a statement that even those in and around the game at the time were not completely sold on.
But I ask this: If Babe Ruth has called his shot during the World Series of 1932, don’t you think Goudey would have depicted Ruth doing such on one of his FOUR 1933 Goudey “rookie” cards?
The one shown above, from my personal collection, is the closest that any of his rookie cards gets to conveying this tale … and clearly it’s just a basic follow through pose.