As the story of Babe "The Baby" Ruth's baseball career continues to be told to new generations, the facts are becoming more and more distorted. Dispel common Ruth myths with his handy guide:
Myth: Before hitting a home run in the 1932 World Series, he "called his shot" by pointing his bat toward the center-field bleachers.
Truth: Grainy film footage confirms that "The Sultan of Swing" did in fact point toward the bleachers before hitting a home run. However, Ruth faked the home run by taking a powerful swing, catching the pitched ball, discreetly swallowing it, and yelling, "A home run! A home run is what I just struck with my bat! Now I run the bases before you all!" The ball, and the truth, weren't revealed until much later, when Babe Ruth's doctor penned the bestseller Things I've Removed from Babe Ruth's Body: The Story.
Myth: A sick child asked Babe Ruth to hit a home run for him, and Ruth did.
Truth: "The Great Home Run Provider" did hit a home run for the child, and then two more; however, the only sickness the child suffered from was being selfish.
Myth: Babe Ruth died on August 16, 1948.
Truth: Though a death certificate confirms this date, "The Nightmare on Baseball Street" continues to live on in all of us because of his final wish—for his body to be donated to Hansen Paper Co. and then slowly parceled out into their paper products.