Popular lore has it that Babe Ruth boldly predicted and delivered a home run during Game 3 of the 1932 World Series at Chicago’s Wrigley Field. While several who were on hand that day have gone on to refute the legend, the tale has become ingrained in baseball’s fabric most likely because of its larger-than-life lead character.
As first-hand accounts become less and less available, here are (2) composed and endorsed versions from players who were actually involved in the infamous event. Composed on lined notebook paper by a Brooklyn-based fan, the handwritten letters request the signature and opinion of the players regarding Ruth’s “called” shot. Includes:
Charlie Devens signed by Devens in blue marker (“8-9” strength) with reply reading: “Babe Ruth did call his home run in Chicago in the 1932 World Series – I was sitting on the bench at the time”
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Frank Crosetti signed in blue ballpoint (“9-10” strength) with reply reading: “The Babe did not call his shot, when he put up one finger he meant that he had one more strike left”
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