Two baseball milestones
On this day in 1932, Babe Ruth supposedly "called his shot" during the third game of the World Series, Yankees against the Cubs. It is said that after suffering the taunts of hostile Cubs fans, he pointed to the center field bleachers in Wrigley Field and then hit a soaring home run to that same spot. The Yankees went on to win the pennant. To this day, people disagree on Ruth's action even though "the Great Bambino" claimed he did it.
On this same day in 1961, Roger Maris of the Yankees hit his 61st home run to break Babe Ruth's record for the most home runs in a season. He hit his run againgst the Red Sox to win the game, 1-0.
As the season moves toward the series and to dispel your gloom over the dismal Tigers showing, check out some great baseball books and dvds including the new book, Change Up: An oral history of 8 key events that shaped modern baseball by Larry Burke.