Mark Koenig

Mark Koenig

Koenig was signed by the Chicago Cubs in August of 1932 to play shortstop down the stretch. He performed brilliantly, hitting .353 in 33 games as Chicago passed Pittsburgh to win the pennant. When the Cubs got together to divvy out World Series shares they voted to give Koenig a partial share. In that era, of course, a World Series share could be worth more than a player’s salary. While Koenig was a little irked that he didn’t get a larger share, it really pissed off Babe Ruth, his former teammate. When the Yankees met the Cubs in the Series, Ruth was stewing over the Cubs’ treatment of Koenig. Because of this, he got into a series of arguments with the Chicago bench. This ultimately escalated into the war of words that occurred in Game Three at Wrigley Field when he supposedly “called his shot” and hit a home run off Charley Root<. As Ruth walked to the plate he was already embroiled in a heated exchange with the Chicago bench, and it's obvious from the only video of the incident that he was motioning to his adversaries on the bench when he was in the batters' box, not the bleachers.