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#8 The Called Shot
Like no other player in the history of major league baseball, Babe Ruth passes what I call my “Black Test,” which is a test I use to gauge a player’s value when he is being considered for the Hall Of Fame.
It’s a simple test, and you can try it yourself here. The link will take you to Ruth’s page in Baseball Reference. Notice all the bold black indicating instances in which he led the American League in those categories. Trust me; no other player has more.
Every strike brings me closer to the next home run (Babe Ruth)
And what this tells us is that Babe Ruth dominated baseball during the era in which he played. In fact, he did more than that, because he not only dominated baseball, he transformed it as well by bringing the sport out of what was known as the Dead Ball Era, and into what is now the power game.
Ruth was an iconic and larger than life personality. And nothing personifies that more than this instance in which he called a home run during a World Series game in 1932, five years after he hit his magical 60.
Regrettably, we only have this grainy footage to witness the even ourselves. Did he point, or didn’t he? The argument will go on in baseball forever.
One thing is a non-argument. Babe Ruth is the greatest Yankees player ever to wear the Pinstripes.