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.”
Babe Ruth had a great game that day. Already before the fifth inning, he could already boast a three-run homerun that went straight through right field into the bleachers. When he went up to bat during that inning, Charlie Root was pitching. Throwing the first ball, he held one finger up and yelled, “Strike One!” After pitching another fastball, Babe held up two fingers and yelled, “Strike Two!” He then stepped out of the batter’s box and pointed. Where exactly he was pointing to is not known. Some say he was pointing at the pitcher, some think it was actually the bench of the Cubs, while still others say that he was simply pointing to the bleachers behind centre field. He was pointing to where he was planning to hit the ball, and that’s exactly where he did hit it.
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.