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1932 World Series

1932 World Series
Dates: September 28 – October 2
Radio: NBC, CBS
Radio announcers: NBC: Hal Totten, Tom Manning, Graham McNamee
CBS: Bob Elson, Pat Flanagan, Ted Husing
Umpires: George Magerkurth (NL)
Hall of Famers: Umpire: Bill Klem
Yankees: Joe McCarthy (mgr.), Earle Combs, Bill Dickey, Lou Gehrig, Lefty Gomez, Tony Lazzeri, Herb Pennock, Red Ruffing, Babe Ruth, Joe Sewell.
Cubs: Rogers Hornsby‡ (mgr.), Kiki Cuyler, Burleigh Grimes, Gabby Hartnett.
‡ elected as a player.

The 1932 World Series was a four-game sweep by the American League champions New York Yankees over the National League champions Chicago Cubs. By far its most noteworthy moment was Babe Ruth's called shot home run, in his 10th and last World Series. It was punctuated by fiery arguments between the two teams, heating up the atmosphere before the World Series even began.

A record 13 future Hall of Famers played in this Series, which was also the first in which both teams wore uniforms with numbers on the backs of the shirts.


  • Summary 1
  • Matchups 2
    • Game 1 2.1
    • Game 2 2.2
    • Game 3 2.3
    • Game 4 2.4
  • Composite line score 3
  • The arguments 4
  • The Called Shot 5
  • Notes 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Chicago Cubs (0)
Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 September 28 Chicago Cubs – 6, New York Yankees – 12 Yankee Stadium (I) 2:31 41,459[1] 
2 September 29 Chicago Cubs – 2, New York Yankees – 5 Yankee Stadium (I) 1:46 50,709[2] 
3 October 1 New York Yankees – 7, Chicago Cubs – 5 Wrigley Field 2:11 49,986[3] 
4 October 2 New York Yankees – 13, Chicago Cubs – 6 Wrigley Field 2:27 49,844[4]


Game 1

Wednesday, September 28, 1932 at Yankee Stadium (I) in the Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 6 10 1
New York 0 0 0 3 0 5 3 1 X 12 8 2
WP: Red Ruffing (1–0)   LP: Guy Bush (0–1)
Home runs:
CHC: None
NYY: Lou Gehrig (1)

The Cubs opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the first inning, but the Yankees jumped ahead 3–2 on a home run by Lou Gehrig. New York scored nine runs in the last three innings to win 12–6 on only eight hits. Yankee starter Red Ruffing pitched a complete game, striking out 10 Cubs but walking six and giving up six runs, only three of which were earned.

Game 2

Thursday, September 29, 1932 at Yankee Stadium (I) in the Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Chicago 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 0
New York 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 X 5 10 1
WP: Lefty Gomez (1–0)   LP: Lon Warneke (0–1)

Chicago got nine hits but only two runs off Lefty Gomez, and went back to Wrigley behind two games to none.

This was the last World Series game Babe Ruth ever played in Yankee Stadium, with a single in his last Fall Classic home at-bat.

Game 3

Saturday, October 1, 1932 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois

Ruth is congratulated by Gehrig after hitting his "called shot." Gabby Hartnett, the Cubs catcher, watches.

Roughly 50,000 Cubs fans showed up for Game 3, a very large crowd for the time made possible by the construction of temporary bleachers fronting Waveland and Sheffield Avenues. In a prelude of things to come, Ruth and Gehrig put on an impressive batting display in batting practice. Ruth launched nine balls into the outfield stands, while Gehrig hit seven. As reported in the first edition of A Day at the Park, by William Hartel, p. 82, Ruth said while batting: "I'd play for half my salary if I could bat in this dump all the time!"

Cub starter Charlie Root struggled in the opening frame. The first two Yankees reached base, and Ruth followed with a homer into the right-center-field bleachers to put the Yanks up 3–0. The existing newsreel footage showed Gehrig giving Ruth a friendly swat on the buttocks as Ruth crossed the plate. Gehrig hit a solo home run of his own in the top of the third, bringing back memories of one he had hit in a prep game at Wrigley in high school. This put the Yankees up 4–1. The Cubs battled back with two in the third and one in the fourth, tying the score at four. Joe Judge, who scored the tying run in the fourth, had doubled to right after Ruth's futile dive for the ball.

What happened in the top of the fifth is legendary, immortalizing this Series sweep in many history books for that and nothing else. Ruth and Gehrig hit back-to-back home runs, but Ruth’s is perhaps the best-known in Series history. Ruth supposedly predicted his home run by pointing to the stands as Root was preparing to pitch. While newsreel footage shows the Babe pointing somewhere during this momentous at-bat, much debate has swirled around whether this meant he was actually "calling" the home run, given the lack of solid evidence as to just what he was pointing at.

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 7 8 1
Chicago 1 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 5 9 4
LP: Charlie Root (0–1)   Sv: Herb Pennock (1)
Home runs:
NYY: Babe Ruth 2 (2), Lou Gehrig 2 (3)
CHC: Kiki Cuyler (1), Gabby Hartnett (1)

Game 4

Sunday, October 2, 1932 at Wrigley Field in Chicago, Illinois

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 1 0 2 0 0 2 4 0 4 13 19 4
Chicago 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 9 1
WP: Wilcy Moore (1–0)   LP: Jakie May (0–1)   Sv: Herb Pennock (2)
Home runs:
NYY: Tony Lazzeri 2 (2), Earle Combs (1)
CHC: Frank Demaree (1)

Chicago tried to delay the inevitable by rocking young Yank starter Johnny Allen for four runs in the first inning in the two-thirds of an inning he lasted before Wilcy Moore relieved him and put the fire out, giving up only one additional run in 5 13 innings. The Yankees took the lead in the sixth on a two-run single by Gehrig and extended it in the seventh on three straight hits by Earle Combs, Joe Sewell and the Babe, the last-ever World Series hits for Sewell and Ruth. Herb Pennock retired Riggs Stephenson on a fly ball to right for the last out of the Series.

The Yankees had won their fourth World Series, and their 12th consecutive Series game. It was the last Series for Yankee mainstays Ruth, Combs and Pennock.

The Cubs extended their World Series victory drought to 24 years with their humiliating loss, their fourth consecutive in the Fall Classic after 1910, 1918 & 1929 (to the A's, Red Sox and A's again respectively). That drought continues to this day.

Composite line score

1932 World Series (4–0): New York Yankees (A.L.) over Chicago Cubs (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York Yankees 6 0 5 3 3 7 7 1 5 37 45 8
Chicago Cubs 8 0 3 1 0 1 2 2 2 19 37 6
Total attendance: 191,998   Average attendance: 48,000
Winning player's share: $5,232   Losing player's share: $4,245[5]

The arguments

Bench jockeying, called "trash talk" nowadays, was standard procedure in baseball then as now, No verbal punches were ever pulled, but the jockeying was supposedly taken to new heights (or depths) in this Series stemming from Yankee disrespect for the way the Cubs treated their former teammate, shortstop Mark Koenig, after his acquisition from the Detroit Tigers' Triple-A Mission Reds of the Pacific Coast League on April 25, 1932.[6] Despite Koenig's regular-season contributions (hitting .353 and fielding well), his stingy Cub teammates voted him only half a player's postseason share before the start of the Series because he had only played in 33 games and was unable to play in the Series due to injury. When some of Koenig's Yankee friends got wind of this, they dissed the Cubs as "cheapskates" in the press, "tight" with their Series money.[7]

Ruth infuriated the Cubs the most when he called them cheapskates.[7] Adding spice to the verbal stew was that Yankee manager Joe McCarthy had been fired by the Cubs a year or two after leading them to the 1929 NL pennant. When the Series started in New York, the Cubs retaliated by calling the Babe "fat" and "washed up" along with every obscenity they could think of. Guy Bush, Cub starter in Game 1, led the verbal attack on Ruth, calling him "nigger" (a common bench-jockey slam against the Babe for his broad nose and thick lips despite his German origin), and banter like this went on for most of the Series.

The Called Shot

Babe Ruth's Called Shot refers to the home run he hit in the fifth inning of Game 3. Existing film shows Ruth made a pointing gesture during this at-bat, but what this signified is ambiguous. Though neither fully confirmed nor refuted, the story goes that Ruth pointed to the center field bleachers, supposedly predicting he would hit a home run there. On the next pitch, he hit what was estimated as a nearly 500' "Ruthian" homer to deep center past the flagpole and into the temporary seating in the streets. A few reporters later wrote that Ruth had "called his shot" (like a pool shark), and thus the legend was born. Ruth, ever aware of his larger-than-life public image, was quick to confirm the story once he got wind of it. Conflicting testimony and inconclusive film footage have placed that moment high up in the realm of baseball legend.


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  2. ^ "1932 World Series Game 2 – Chicago Cubs vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  3. ^ "1932 World Series Game 3 – New York Yankees vs. Chicago Cubs". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  4. ^ "1932 World Series Game 4 – New York Yankees vs. Chicago Cubs". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009. 
  5. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved June 14, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Koenig’s Transaction History". Retrieved October 9, 2006. 
  7. ^ a b Enders, Eric (2005). 100 Years of the World Series: 1903–2004. New York:  


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  • Creamer, Robert W. (1974). Babe: The Legend Comes to Life. New York: Simon and Schuster.  
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  • Stout, Glenn (2002). Yankees Century: 100 Years of New York Yankees Baseball. New York:  

External links

  • 1932 World Series at (
  • 1932 World Series at Baseball Almanac
  • 1932 World Series at
  • The 1932 Post-Season Games (box scores and play-by-play) at Retrosheet
  • History of the World Series - 1932 at The SportingNews. Archived from the original on 2008.
  • Audio – Babe Ruth's Comment's on His Called Shot
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