Root for the Cubs
Charlie Root & the 1929 Chicago Cubs
by Roger Snell

Root for the Cubs   by Roger Snell

Columbus Dispatch
Middletown (Ohio) Journal
Bleed Cubbie Blue
WLW Radio Interview

Interview with Della Root --
(about Ruth's "called shot")
Interview with Della Root --
(about her dad's 1929 arm problems)
Wrigley Field --
1930 Flag Day & 1929 World Series Game 1
Ruth's "called shot" -- Front Page TV show 
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Roger Snell, former newspaper reporter and Pulitzer Prize winner, tells readers and baseball fans a story that has fascinated him since childhood.

Charles Henry Root is the greatest pitcher to wear a Cubs uniform, with the most wins, games, and innings pitched in franchise history. He and Babe Ruth were among the highest-paid players of the era. Root was well-liked by fans and players alike, but when he took the mound his fierce determination and iron jaw earned him the nickname “Chinski.”  Teammate Charlie Grimm said of Root’s mound demeanor, “Root would stick out his chin and battle you.”  When Cubs Manager Joe McCarthy was forced to choose between the great Grover Cleveland Alexander and Charlie Root, he chose Root.

Probably the most controversial event in the history of baseball is Babe Ruth’s legendary “called shot” hit off Charlie Root in the 1932 World Series. When asked if he had pointed to the fence, Ruth was reluctant to give a direct answer. “Why don’t you read the papers?” he said. “It’s all right there in the papers.”   “If he had made a gesture like that,” Charlie Root said, “well, anybody who knows me knows that Ruth would have ended up on his ass.” 

Author Roger Snell’s interviews with Charlie Root’s daughter, Della Root Arnold, reveal never-reported details that add spice, a love story, and humor to Root’s record.  In Della's own words, hear why her father’s career was so much more than the one pitch that came to haunt him and his family. For more than two decades the Root family has had a California license plate that tells what they think of the “called shot.”

"Roger Snell's passion for this must-be-told story shows through in every page. The behind-the-scene glimpses at the life and times of Charlie Root reflect the history and lore of America's pastime." 
— Stephen M. Vest, editor and publisher, Kentucky Monthly 

"Roger Snell has made an important contribution to the history and literature of our national pastime. Through careful research and reporting, this book wonderfully captures Charlie Root and the World Series-bound 1929 Chicago Cubs." 
— Michael F. Curtin, Columbus Dispatch

"Root was one of the fiercest competitors the game ever knew... his cigar-chomping, no-nonsense visage was one of the most intimidating tools in his baseball arsenal."
— Joseph E. Bennett, 1995 Knight Templar Magazine

“[Root] had the greatest heart I’ve ever seen. His determination and loyalty I’m very sure you’ll never see again.” 
— Joe McCarthy, after his retirement as Yankee manager