Wish We Were There: 1932 World Series- Ruth's Finale and the "Called Shot"

In 2010 the Yankees will be entering their 97th year as the Yankees (107th year in franchise history combined as Highlanders and Yankees) which means majority of the people who read these blogs have not been able to see all of the amazing moments in Yankees history. If I could have seen one classic moment in Yankee’s history my choice would be the 1932 World Series between the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs.

The 1932 season was quite successful for the Yankees as they finished the season 107-57 atop the league standings, in 1932 the MLB consisted of eight teams in both the AL and NL. After five seasons coaching the Cubs Joe McCarthy, in his second season with the Yankees, was now versing his old club in the World Series. The Yankees were led by Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, and 23 year old Lefty Gomez; while the Chicago Cubs were led by their superb starting pitchers. Unfortunately for the Cubs their pitchers picked the wrong time to struggle, and even though the Cubs team ERA was the lowest in the majors they were unable to hold the Yankees to less than 5 runs in any game.

In game one the Yankees were held scoreless through the first three innings, but after three runs in the 4th and five in the 6th the Yankees took an 8-2 lead and went on to win 12-6. Game two was more competitve, but a strong start by Lemfty Gomez gave the Yankees a 5-2 win and a 2-0 lead in the series. Game three was not only competitive but also legendary. The Yankees got off to a quick start in game three at Wrigley with a three run homerun in the first inning by Ruth and than a solo shot by Gehrig in the 3rd which put the Yankees up 4-1. The Cubs scored two of their own in the 3rd then added one in the 4th to tie the game at 4. Step up Babe Ruth in the 5th inning with the bases empty when he supposedly pointed to centerfield and called a homerun, and what did he do he hit a bomb to centerfield to give the Yankees a 5-4 lead. The “Called Shot”¬†is the most¬†famous Yankee Myth and the full story can be read Here. The next batter in the inning was Gehrig and he too hit a homerun giving the Yankees a 6-4 lead. The Gehrig homerun would go on to be the game winning run as the Yankees won game three 7-5. In game four with elimination looming the Cubs would get a quick start against the Yanks with a 4-1 lead after the 1st, but with the game tied at 5 after six innings the Yankees added four in the 7th and 9th to win the game 13-6. The win in game four gave the Yankees the title, their 4th in franchise history (only 4th how amazing is that now!).

The 1932 World Series win would be the first of seven titles won under Joe McCarthy, but the 1932 wound wind up having more Hall of Famers than just McCarthy. In fact the 1932 World Series holds the record for most HOF’ers in one World Series with a count of 14, ten of which were on the Yankees that season. The ’32 Series also holds the distinction for being the last World Series Babe Ruth would play in and the seventh he won. World Series MVPs were not given out till 1955, but with a .529 avg, 3 HR, and 8 RBI Lou Gehrig would have almost definitely been the MVP of the series. The men and women who were able to see the events of the ’32 Series are blessed and I can only dream of watchin the Babe extend his arm calling his shot in game three.

*Full 1932 World Serie’s Stats.*

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