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Here are the facts: On October 1, 1932, in Game 3 of the World Series at Chicago's Wrigley Field, Babe Ruth stepped to the plate in the fifth inning. The Big Bam had already homered in the top of the first, a three run long ball to deep center field. Naturally, as he strode to the plate in the fifth, the game now tied at four a piece, both the Cubs bench and the Chicago fans booed the Yankee slugger and taunted him with insults. According to reports, they threw fruit and vegetables. A strong wind blew to deep right center as Cubs pitcher Charlie Root delivered his first pitch, a strike. The cheers and jeers increased, and the American flag above the center field scoreboard flapped heavily in the strong wing. Whether incensed or amused, or both, Ruth raise his right arm, and he pointed. At what? No one quite knows. Was it Charlie Root? Was it the Chicago bench? Was it center field? Was it a Bud Light vendor in the bleachers? The reality is that we'll never know, but after the next pitch, another strike, Ruth raised his arm, again, and had Root believed that this so-called gesture was directed toward him, he later reported, "anybody who knows me knows that Ruth would have ended up on his ass." The next pitch was a curve ball that the High Priest of Swat slammed into the Chicago wind, lifting the ball well over the deepest part of right center field, which measured 440 on the ground, and landing it in the temporary seating on Sheffield Avenue. Some reports measure the colossal shot at 490 feet, and the Chicago-based Curtis Candy Company would later install a large sign on the rooftop of a Sheffield Avenue building near where the ball landed that read "Baby Ruth" and which would last until the 1970s. As Ruth rounded the bases, he made further gestures to the Chicago bench, waving them off and pushing them away. It was his 15th and final World Series home run, and it is arguably the most mythologized event in American history, more popular and enduring than even George Washington's chopping of the cherry tree. So rattled was Charlie Root that his next pitch to Lou Gehrig was likewise lifted into the right field stands -- Gehrig's second shot of the day as well. The Bombers won the game 7-5 and swept the series the next day.

Almost a century later, people still question the veracity of Babe Ruth's "called shot," and they'll continue to do so for centuries to come. Surviving the story and the remarkable film footage that will travel with it into the future are but a handful of material mementos marking the myth: programs to the game that day, ticket stubs, some original photographs, maybe the bat the Babe used and the uniform he wore. While these latter items, if they ever surfaced and could be proved original, would likely fetch millions at auction, programs and ticket stubs, when they occasionally enter the market, can be acquired for far cheaper. Offered here is a used ticket stub to Game 3 of the 1932 World Series, the occasion of Babe Ruth's "Called Shot," authenticated by PSA and ranking as one of just 47 examples of this rare artifact on record within the hobby.

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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium: $1,642
Number Bids: 27
Auction closed on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
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