Okay, this is a delicate topic. The other day I saw a full-page, full-color, newspaper ad showing Babe Ruth in his Yankees uniform pointing to the outfield from the batter’s box. The headline read: ‘His finger called the shot. Next up, your prostate.’
The shot, of course, refers to the Called Shot Home Run from the 1932 World Series. As the story goes, he was being razzed by the opposing Chicago Cubs and their fans, so he pointed to the fences indicating that the next pitch would go out. And it did.
This is probably the single most celebrated item in Babe Ruth lore, but whoever figured it would one day be used to market a line of latex examination gloves for doctors?
The famous Called Shot Home Run is mentioned in BABE RUTH – A Superstar’s Legacy, and by the way his daughter Julia says he definitely did point and meant to hit the next one out of the park. You can hear about that and lots more by tuning in to the Babe Ruth Legacy Interviews at www.BabeRuthLegacy.com. Today we roll out the interview with James Barber of the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. He is the curator who helped put together the Babe Ruth exhibit that wound up in June, 2017.
You can also catch an interview I did on The Pat Williams Show (AM660 radio in Orlando) on April 29th, and more recently on May 9th with hosts Mark Hebscher and Liz West on the No Fun Intended podcast. Here’s the link …