Guy Bush enjoyed a 17-year big league career. The right-hander debuted in 1923 just three weeks after his 21st birthday. By 1926, Bush hit his stride.
During the ten-year period from ’26-’35, Bush won 155 games, with all but 11 of the victories coming for the Cubs. The hurler also appeared in both the 1929 World Series against the Cardinals, and the 1932 affair against the Yankees.
In Game 3 of the ’32 Series, Babe Ruth hit one of the most famous homers in the history of the game. The Bambino and the Cubs players jawed at each other for much of the contest. Ruth hit two homers off of Charlie Root in that game, the second coming in the 5th inning.
That fifth inning bomb became known as the, “Called Shot”. But did the Bambino actually point to centerfield before hitting it or was it simply Ruth berating the Chicago players?
Right-handed pitcher Guy Bush was sitting in the Cubs dugout when the Bambino hit the mythical homer.
In the collection is the handwritten note from Bush in which he writes, “Ruth was talking to me,” Bush wrote. “At the time when he raised his right hand it is of my belief he pointed to center field. The only thing I am sure of he hit the next pitch in centerfield stands.”
Bush’s version of the event seems to match with that of Ruth teammate Joe Sewell whose letter supports Bush.
For more letters from men who played in the game, click here. You’ll see where Ruth teammates Joe Sewell, Ben Chapman, and Frank Crosetti stand and also see what Cub teammate Woody English believes he saw.