Babe Ruth had many nicknames: “The Great Bambino”, “The Sultan of Swat”, “That Pudgy Twat on the Yankees”, among others. He was one of the greatest who ever played, even if it was during a time when baseball was about as challenging as twisting off a bottle cap. He’s a Hall of Famer for his hitting and for being a part of one of the greatest Yankee teams in history, but there’s something about Babe Ruth we hadn’t discovered until recently.
Recently, a team of documentarians began combing through archives for an upcoming film about star athletes who wouldn’t amount to shit if they played today. While thoroughly researching Babe Ruth, it was revealed that prior to Game 3 of the 1927 World Series, he ate an entire live octopus, right in the dugout, and while making intense eye contact with a majority of the opposing team, the Pittsburgh Pirates.
He plopped down on the bench in the Yankee dugout, grinned, then reached into the sack, and brandished a still squirming octopus, which he took an enormous bite out of one of its arms. The Pittsburgh Pirates recoiled in horror. Babe went on to have a fairly lackluster game.
There’s no telling why Babe Ruth might’ve performed such an act. His reasons were not recorded in the archives and he was never known to be superstitious. What is noted is that during batting practice, as Yankee Stadium began to fill for Game 3 of the 1927 World Series, George Herman “Babe” Ruth arrived with a large burlap sack that was soaking wet. He plopped down on the bench in the Yankee dugout, grinned, then reached into the sack, and brandished a still squirming octopus, which he took an enormous bite out of one of the arms. The Pittsburgh Pirates recoiled in horror. Babe went on to have a fairly lackluster game.
Babe went 1 for 4 in that game. He flied out in the 1st, struck out in the 4th, and grounded out in the 6th before finally smacking a 3-run dinger in the 7th, which provided the momentum for the Yanks to pull away and win the game. Some say the octopus was merely a bit of theatrics, but we believe Babe’s insatiable appetite for not just food, but winning, was the real motivation.