Babe Ruth’s Called Shot


Do you remember when I wrote about the Babe Ruth image that I was seeing? I have been seeing this same image again and again recently.

So yesterday I did some research on what happened with this “called shot”. It carries many lessons for where we are at in human history’s walk with God.

Let me set the historical scene for that shot…

It was October 1, 1932, when the Yankees met the Cubs at Wrigley Field for Game 3 of the World Series. The Yankees had won the first two games and had withstood having lemons and curse words thrown at them from the stands, both by members of the Cubs and their fans.

Fans of the Cubs also targeted Babe specifically when he was on the outfield and threw fruit and other garbage at him. Babe smiled through it all and took the abuse like a gentleman. But he wasn’t such a gentleman on this particular day in October at Yankee Stadium.

During batting practice, he yelled out to the Cubs, “Hey, you damn bum Cubs, you won’t be seeing Yankee Stadium again. This is going to be all over Sunday.”- TimeLines.com

Babe Ruth’s Called Shot

When Babe hit the shot that he had called, the count had been 2-2.

Johnny Moore had been standing in centre field, and he had begun to move farther back to stop the ball when Ruth hit it. He stopped however as he watched the ball disappear into right field. The ball was hit 436 feet away from home plate where Babe was standing and it was the 15th homerun that had been hit during that World Series. It was also the longest ball that had been hit in Wrigley Field until that time. – TimeLines.com

And this is how Babe described what happened…

On one newsreel footage, Ruth voiced over the called shot scene with the remarks, “Well, I looked out at center field and I pointed. I said, ‘I’m gonna hit the next pitched ball right past the flagpole!’ Well, the good Lord must have been with me.”

In his 1947 autobiography, Ruth gave another enhanced version by stating he dreamed about hitting the home run the night before the game. – Wikipedia, Babe Ruth’s Called Shot

What is God saying through this imagery?

The game was in the balance. Babe was under pressure.  People were targetting him. He identified what he would do. The fielders moved into position to stop him from fulfilling his prediction. He hit it. It was the longest hit ever (until that season/moment).

Image Attribution: till photo from a 16mm film shot by Matt Kandle in 1932. License: Copyright (Fair Use or Copyright Holder). Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ruth1932-1.jpg

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