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Charlie Root

Born: March 17, 1899(1899-03-17)
Middletown, Ohio
Died: May 11, 1970 (aged 71)
Hollister, California
Batted: Right Threw: Right 
MLB debut
April 18, 1923 for the St. Louis Browns
Last MLB appearance
September 2, 1941 for the Chicago Cubs
Career statistics
Win-loss record     201-160
Strikeouts     1459
Earned run average     3.59
Career highlights and awards
  • Led league in wins in 1927 (26)
  • Pitcher in the "Babe Ruth's Called Shot" legend
  • Had over 400 wins in professional baseball

Charles Henry Root (March 17, 1899 - November 5, 1970), born Middletown, OH, was an American right-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball for the Chicago Cubs for sixteen seasons from 1926 to 1941. He holds the club record for games, innings pitched, and career wins with 201.

Born in Middletown, Ohio, Root began his career on April 18, 1923 with the St. Louis Browns. On October 1, 1932, he threw the pitch that Babe Ruth allegedly predicted he would hit into the seats in the 1932 World Series at Wrigley Field in Chicago (see: Babe Ruth's Called Shot). Root, however, said that Ruth hadn't pointed to the bleachers. Root said "If he pointed to the bleachers, I would have put one in his ear and knocked him on his ass".

His best season was in 1927, where despite a 3.76 ERA he won 26 games and lost 15. He had his best ERA in 1933 where he gained a career low 2.60 ERA but he did not win more than 15 games. He went to 4 World Series with the Cubs and lost all 4.

He died at age 71 in Hollister, California. As quoted by Baseball Legends: The Charlie Root Story, by Joseph E. Bennett, Jan. 1995 Knight Templar magazine "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."

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Preceded by
Donohue, Kremer, Meadows & Rhem
National League Wins Champion
Succeeded by
Larry Benton & Burleigh Grimes


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