Two 1932 Chicago Cubs World Series Programs - Game 3 and 4 - "Ruth's Called Shot"

Sold For: $1,293

Auction Year: 2010 spring

Lot: 1262

Item Year: 1932

Category: Post-1900 Baseball Memorabilia

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This offering of two 1932 Chicago Cubs World Series programs is comprised of examples from both Game 3 and Game 4. As most collectors are well aware, the program from Game 3 is especially desirable: it was in that historic contest that Babe Ruth famously "called his shot" by pointing to the center-field bleachers right before hitting a home run to the spot indicated. While historians have often suggested that Ruth was pointing at Cubs pitcher Charlie Root and not the center field bleachers, a number of eyewitnesses, including many players, have always supported the legitimacy of Ruth's legendary feat. Ruth, ever the showman, never publicly admitted that he called the home run, but he never denied it either. Regardless of the true sequence of events, the "Called Shot" will always remain one of the most famous moments in baseball history. Both of the two offered eight-page programs are identical with respect to design and feature interior portrait photos of both the Cubs and Yankees players, including Ruth and Gehrig. Each program (6 x 9.25 inches) has been neatly scored in pencil for its respective game, with the Game 3 scoring notations duly recording both Ruth's "called shot" in the fifth inning and his three-run home run in the first inning. The Yankees swept the Cubs in the 1932 World Series, winning Game 3 by a score of 7-5 and the final game, Game 4, by a score of 13-6. While the Game 3 program is obviously the more desirable of the two, the Game 4 program is not without its own historical significance, as it marks the final World Series appearance in Ruth's fabled career. The Game 3 program displays minor surface wear to both covers and oxidation to the staples. In Excellent condition overall. The Game 4 program has a number of moderate cover creases and is in Very Good condition. Total: 2 programs. Reserve $500. Estimate $1,000+. SOLD FOR $1,293

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