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1932 World Series - New York Yankees vs Chicago Cubs

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New York Yankees 4
Chicago Cubs 0

September 28 - October 2, 1932

The 1932 World Series was noteworthy for the heated atmosphere between the Yankees and Cubs.

Babe Ruth and other Yankees criticized the National League champions for giving former teammate, Mark Koenig, a half-share of the Series payoff. A contributor to the Yankees' 1926-1928 teams, Koenig was acquired late in the season by Chicago. In thirty-three games, he hit .353.

Chicago tempers were aroused by the return of manager Joe McCarthy, who had been fired following the 1930 season. Many believed he had been unfairly treated after winning the pennant in '29 and taking Chicago to second place in '30. His support vanished when he became the Yankees' skipper.

The Yankees won the first two games handily in the Bronx 12-6 and 5-2.

Game 3 in Chicago was a 4-4 deadlock when Ruth came up in the fifth against Charlie Root. Ruth took a called strike on the first pitch. Two balls and a second strike followed, which Ruth acknowledged with a raised hand. Ruth pointed to center field (though some say he pointed at Root) and Cubs fans fell silent as he clubbed the next pitch over center field. New York won 7-5.

The next day, New York fell behind 4-1. But Tony Lazzeri knocked two, two-run homers for a 13-6 win and another championship.

A record thirteen Hall of Famers played in the 1932 World Series. But Ruth's "called shot" was the most celebrated moment, his tenth and last Series home run.

Around the World:

  • September 28 - Víctor Jara, Chilean folk singer and activist born (d. 1973)
  • September 29 - Chaco War: Last day of Battle of Boquerón between Paraguay and Bolivia.
  • September 30 - Johnny Podres, American baseball player born (d. 2008)
  • October 1 - Oswald Mosley formed British Union of Fascists
  • October 2 - Washington Redskins (as Boston Braves) played first NFL game, lose 14-0

1932 in Baseball:

  • May 16 - The Yankees beat Cleveland 8-0, their fourth straight shutout, equaling the AL record of Cleveland and Boston in 1903 and 1906.
  • June 3:
    1. In a Yankees' 20-13 win over Philadelphia, Gehrig became the third player to hit four home runs in a game and the Yankees hit a record 41 extra bases. Gehrig was the first American Leaguer and the first in 36 years.
    2. Giants manager John McGraw resigned, manager since 1902.
  • June 22 - National League club presidents approved numbers on player uniforms.
  • July 10 - Philadelphia beat Cleveland 15-14 in eighteen innings. A's pitcher Eddie Rommel yielded 29 hits. Cleveland's Johnny Burnett hit 9-for-11, the most hits in a game.
  • August 14 - Dodgers relief pitcher John Quinn, 49, beat the Giants 2-1, the oldest to win a game. Teammate Johnny Frederick hit a record fourth pinch-hit homerun, adding two more before the season's end.
  • December 15 - AL and NL owners approved talent farm systems.

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