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            During the summer of 1932, at the beginning of the decade that would remake America, baseball fans were treated to one of the most splendid and memorable seasons in the long and storied history of the sport.

            In the National League, the Chicago Cubs emerged as the champions, overcoming obstacles and adversity—both on and off the playing field—demonstrating that the story of a baseball season is not simply a description of what happens at the ballpark.

            The New York Yankees triumphed in the American League, ending the three-year reign of the mighty Philadelphia Athletics.  Although the pennant race wasn’t close, fans diligently followed the exploits of Jimmie Foxx as he strove to break the single-season home run record of the legendary Babe Ruth.

            And although the Babe was near the end of his playing days, he had a fine season and produced one more incomparable memory for his fans.  In the penultimate game of the World Series, Ruth created an iconic moment that cemented forever his place in the lore of American culture.

            A baseball season is more than a collection of 1200 odd box scores.  It is a narrative.  And it is a story that involves all of us.  In the words of the late A. Bartlett Giamatti—literary scholar, president of Yale University, Commissioner of Major League Baseball:  “Baseball is part of America’s plot….”

            The Called Shot: Babe Ruth, the Chicago Cubs, and the Unforgettable Major League Baseball Season of 1932 is the first book to chronicle and explore the 1932 baseball season:  the drama of the Cubs’ season; the fast-approaching end of Ruth’s career as well as the challenge to his home run record; and the historic World Series game that has come to symbolize the enormity of Babe Ruth’s importance in our common history.