Early praise for BABE RUTH’S CALLED SHOT
“Nothing makes for better reading than terrific reporting, and few singular moments in sports history have been debated, discussed, and researched with the fervor of Babe Ruth’s Called Shot. It took place more than 80 years ago, but it is argued about as if it happened last week. Ed Sherman brings it into sharp focus in a uniquely entertaining and greatly detailed way.”—John Feinstein, author of A Good Walk Spoiled and Open
“Sherman cuts through the hype and hyperbole to deliver the true history of the event, revealing not just what happened but how and why a single at bat became the stuff of legend.”—Glenn Stout, author of Yankees Century and The Cubs and series editor of Best American Sports Writing
“Ed Sherman has written with affection and charm about one of baseball’s most intriguing moments. This is a wonderful look at a Ruth, his team, and his time.”—Jonathan Eig, author of Luckiest Man and Opening Day
Lyons Press, an imprint of Globe Pequot Press, is proud to announce the February 18, 2014, release of BABE RUTH’S CALLED SHOT: The Myth and Mystery of Baseball’s Greatest Home Run, by Ed Sherman (978-0-7627-8539-1; $25.95 hardcover), the full story of the Sultan of Swat’s most legendary homer and the most debated moment in baseball history.
Game Three of the 1932 World Series between the Cubs and Yankees stood locked at 4-4. Some 50,000 fans had gathered at Wrigley Field that bright October day, but above their roar Ruth heard insults pouring from the Cubs’ dugout. He watched a fastball from Cubs pitcher Charlie Root set the count at 2-2. Agitated, the Bambino made a gesture, holding out two fingers—but what did it mean? Lou Gehrig heard him call out: “I’m going to knock the next one down your goddamn throat.” Then the game’s greatest showman pounded Root’s next pitch. The ball whizzed past the centerfield scoreboard and began its long journey into history. In an instant, the legend of the Called Shot was born, the debate about what Ruth actually did still dividing fans and sports historians alike more than 80 years later. Deftly placing the homer in the social and economic contexts of the time, Chicago sportswriter Ed Sherman gives us the first full-length, in-depth look at one of baseball’s most celebrated and enduring moments—including the incredible stories of two hand-held videos taken by fans and rediscovered decades later—and answers the question: Did Ruth really call his shot?
Ed Sherman, a longtime Chicago Tribune writer, reports on sports media for his highly acclaimed website, ShermanReport.com. The winner of numerous awards, he has written two books, and his work has appeared in Crain’s Chicago Business, USA TODAY, Golf World, and The Sporting News. He lives in Highland Park, Illinois.