It's difficult to know exactly what legendary American baseball player Babe Ruth did with his bat when he stepped up to the plate during the third game of the 1932 World Series. Film evidence of the time shows Ruth pointing his bat, but that doesn't necessarily mean that he actually knew he was about to hit a home run. While the performance of the gesture itself is not up for debate, the gesture's meaning is.
According to the historical record, Ruth, who played for the New York Yankees, was being teased and harassed by members of the opposing team, the Chicago Cubs, who were grouped around or sitting on the team's bench. The gesture is widely believe to be a response to that teasing, though three different points of view on what Ruth was pointing to exist. One viewpoint asserts that Ruth was pointing at the Cubs' bench in response to that team's comments. A second viewpoint holds that Ruth was pointing at the pitcher, Charlie Root. The third viewpoint is that Ruth was pointing down center field as a way of calling the shot he was about to make. Thanks in part to Ruth's legendary status as a highly skilled and successful player, it seems at least plausible that he could approach his at-bat with bravado and confidence.