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1932 HEADLINE: Babe Ruth Calls His Shot!!!

1932 HEADLINE: Babe Ruth Calls His Shot!!!

On this day in 1932, one of baseball’s greatest stories was written.

Here is a condensed version of the story as brought to you by Wikipedia:

“Babe Ruth’s called shot was the home run hit by Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, held on October 1, 1932 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. During the at-bat, Ruth made a pointing gesture, which existing film confirms, but the exact nature of his gesture is ambiguous. Although neither fully confirmed nor refuted, the story goes that Ruth pointed to the center field bleachers during the at-bat. It was allegedly a declaration that he would hit a home run to this part of the park. On the next pitch, Ruth hit a home run to center field.”

And the result of that?  An 80+ year old baseball legend that is still fondly talked about today.

Happy Anniversary Babe!!!

Did You Know…

Babe Ruth hit his first National League home run, and 709th overall, off of future Hall of Fame pitcher Carl Hubbell on April 16, 1935.

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2012 Topps ‘Prime 9′ Home Run Legends Redemption Set – Babe Ruth

2012 Topps ‘Prime 9′ Home Run Legends Redemption Set – Babe Ruth

The 2012 Topps ‘Prime 9’ sets were issued through redemption cards that were inserted into hobby boxes of the Topps 2012 flagship baseball card set.  The cards were numbered and each card represented a specific card it could be redeemed for.

These special insert cards were redeemable only through hobby shops and Topps made these cards available for redemption on a very limited basis.

The card’s design is great, and I have been a fan ever since seeing them.  The high-gloss finish is unlike any that I have seen before and I like the fact that Topps rewards the baseball card business owner with such a nice, exclusive offer.

This is the Babe Ruth card from the set:

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Some interesting Babe Ruth Home Run facts:

  • 499 versus right-handers, 215 versus lefties
  • 367 on the road, 347 at home
  • 123 against Detroit is most versus any single team
  • 85 most at visiting ballpark
  • only 70 games with 2 home runs and just 2 with 3 in the same game
  • 349 solo home runs
  • 133 came in first inning of a game, most of any inning

1932 HEADLINE: Babe Ruth Calls His Shot!!!

1932 HEADLINE: Babe Ruth Calls His Shot!!!

On this day in 1932, one of baseball’s greatest stories was written.

Here is a condensed version of the story as brought to you by Wikipedia:

“Babe Ruth’s called shot was the home run hit by Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, held on October 1, 1932 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. During the at-bat, Ruth made a pointing gesture, which existing film confirms, but the exact nature of his gesture is ambiguous. Although neither fully confirmed nor refuted, the story goes that Ruth pointed to the center field bleachers during the at-bat. It was allegedly a declaration that he would hit a home run to this part of the park. On the next pitch, Ruth hit a home run to center field.”

And the result of that?  An 80+ year old baseball legend that is still fondly talked about today.

Happy Anniversary Babe!!!

I pulled a Babe Ruth patch card out of 2012 Topps Update last night!!!

I swore that I was done ripping packs of this stuff, but an impromptu trip to Wal-Mart last night by my wife led to my asking for a box.

And out of that box came this:

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1932 Headline: Babe Ruth Calls His Shot!!!

1932 Headline:  Babe Ruth Calls His Shot!!!

On this day in 1932, one of baseball’s greatest stories was written.

Here is a condensed version of the story as brought to you by Wikipedia:

“Babe Ruth’s called shot was the home run hit by Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees in the fifth inning of Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, held on October 1, 1932 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. During the at-bat, Ruth made a pointing gesture, which existing film confirms, but the exact nature of his gesture is ambiguous. Although neither fully confirmed nor refuted, the story goes that Ruth pointed to the center field bleachers during the at-bat. It was allegedly a declaration that he would hit a home run to this part of the park. On the next pitch, Ruth hit a home run to center field.”

And the result of that?  An 80+ year old baseball legend that is still fondly talked about today.

Happy Anniversary Babe!!!

Did You Know…

Babe Ruth is ranked the highest among World Series batters with at least 10 World Series home runs when it comes to home runs per plate appearance.  Ruth hit 15 home runs in 129 World Series at-bats, good for a 8.6 clip.  Reggie Jackson ranked second with one home run in every 9.8 at-bats.

Babe Ruth Jersey Sells For $4.4 million

Babe Ruth Jersey Sells For $4.4 million

Associated Press

Babe Ruth equals big bucks.

A baseball jersey worn by The Bambino sold for more than $4.4 million Sunday, a record for any item of sports memorabilia, according to the buyer and seller.

SCP Auctions, based in California, said the circa 1920 New York Yankees uniform top is the earliest known jersey worn by Ruth and it fetched $4,415,658 at the company’s April auction, which ended Sunday. That price broke the previous record of $4,338,500 set in 2010 for James Naismith’s founding rules of basketball.

Lelands.com said it submitted the winning bid for the jersey, which had been displayed for years at The Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum in Baltimore. The road top has “New York” written across the front and the Hall of Fame slugger wore it shortly after he was sold to the Yankees by the Boston Red Sox for $100,000 following the 1919 season.

Suzan French, a spokeswoman for Lelands.com, said the company plans to sell the jersey privately rather than re-auction it.

“Such a spectacular piece will find a home with one of our private clients who truly appreciates its historic significance,” Lelands.com president Michael Heffner said in a statement.

Ruth retired in 1935 with 714 home runs, the major league record for nearly 40 years. Hank Aaron broke that mark and then was passed by Barry Bonds, who finished with 762.

In addition, Ruth’s 1934 New York Yankees cap that was owned by former major league pitcher David Wells sold for $537,278 at auction. The colorful Wells bought the cap for about $30,000 from a collector and famously paid homage to his idol by wearing it on the mound with the Yankees during a game on June 28, 1997.

Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor’s New York Giants Super Bowl ring from the 1990 season went for $230,401.

Those items also set records, for a baseball cap and a Super Bowl ring, SCP Auctions said.

“This proves again that Babe Ruth is ‘king’ in the sports memorabilia world,” SCP Auctions president David Kohler said in a statement.

Also included in the auction was the high-end baseball card collection belonging to former big league All-Star Dmitri Young. Top prices were a 1954 Hank Aaron rookie card ($537,954) and a 1955 Roberto Clemente rookie card ($432,690). The proceeds will help Young begin a foundation to help kids and student athletes near his home in Ventura County, Calif., SCP Auctions said.

Other auction highlights included:

•  1924-28 Babe Ruth H&B professional model game-used bat ($591,007).

•  1968 Mickey Mantle autographed New York Yankees game-worn road jersey ($366,967).

•  Circa 1931 Lou Gehrig New York Yankees game-worn home jersey ($275,706).

•  Bobby Thomson’s 1951 “Shot Heard ‘Round the World” cap ($173,102).

•  Jackie Robinson 1950 All-Star game professional model bat ($133,234).

Did You Know…

Of all of the legendary sluggers that have played the game, Babe Ruth is the one that led the league in home runs the highest percentage of his years played.  From 1918-1935, Ruth led the league in home runs hit during twelve seasons, good for 67% of the time. 

The next player on the list is Mike Schmidt who led the league in 8 of his 18 seasons, 44%.

Did You Know….

Babe Ruth was the youngest pitcher to ever win the American League’s ERA titles for single-season pitching.  In 1916, and at the young age of just 21-years old, Ruth compiled a 1.75 with 23 wins and 12 losses.  He also led the league with nine shutouts.