Charlie Root

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Birthdate 3/17/1899
Death Date 11/5/1970
Debut Year 1923
Year of Induction
Teams Browns, Cubs
Position Pitcher

The Cubs franchise career leader in wins, games, & innings pitched, Charlie Root was the last man born in the 1800s to win a Major League game. 

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Page 1 of five-page 1938 questionnaire filled out entirely by Charlie Root

Page 1 of five-page 1938 questionnaire filled out entirely by Charlie Root

Charlie Root is best known in baseball history as the man to surrender Babe Ruth’s called shot. That’s unfortunate for the man who still holds Chicago Cubs franchise career records in wins, games, and innings pitched. The last player born in the 19th century to win a Major League game, R
Charlie Root checks off activities in page 2 of this 1938 questionnaire

Charlie Root checks off activities in page 2 of this 1938 questionnaire

In this questionnaire from 1938, Charlie Root checks off his 29 games and activities including such mainstream sports as football and both ice and land hockey. Root also identifies such bygone games as prisoner’s base, fox and geese, bull in ring, rolling hope, and run sheep run. In the bottom half of the sheet, the pitcher checks off
Charlie Root has more specifics on page 3 of this 1938 questionnaire

Charlie Root has more specifics on page 3 of this 1938 questionnaire

Here Charlie Root is asked to put an “X” next to activities in which he participated in from grades 1-4 and an “O” in the games he played in fourth grade or after. The only Chicago Cub pitcher to win as many as 200 games, Root had a busy childhood. Among the activities he played before and after fourth grade are pocket knife, rabbits,
More revelations about Charlie Root's youth on page four of the questionnaire

More revelations about Charlie Root's youth on page four of the questionnaire

Much more than merely the man who surrendered Babe Ruth’s called shot, Charlie Root had his best season in 1927, when he won 26 games. He had a career-low 2.60 ERA in 1933 while winning 15 games. During his time
Final page of Charlie Root signed 1938 questionnaire

Final page of Charlie Root signed 1938 questionnaire

In page five of the questionnaire, Charlie Root rates himself as “very good” at baseball, “average” at golf, and “good” at swimming. The final question asks the player, “Do you believe your athletics are instructive or hereditary?” To this the 201-game
Photo signed by Babe Ruth in the year of his death

Photo signed by Babe Ruth in the year of his death

Did Babe Ruth call his shot off of Charlie Root in the 1932 World Series? It depends who you ask. In the following pieces the debate will be answered from a number of players who played in that game. There is plenty of support from both sides of the aisle. Shown here is an
 Ruth teammate Joe Sewell weighs in on the called shot

Ruth teammate Joe Sewell weighs in on the called shot

Perhaps Babe Ruth’s most mythical feat was his “Called Shot” in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series at Chicago’s Wrigley field. Did he point to centerfield and declare where he would put the next ball pitched by Charlie Root? Hitting in front of Ruth that day was Joe Sewell who describes in perfect detail exactly
Page two of Sewell's handwritten letter about the Called Shot

Page two of Sewell's handwritten letter about the Called Shot

The vivid details of this letter continue on the second page as Joe Sewell details Babe Ruth’s uncomfortable trip circling the bases after the homerun. “…on his way home the fans threw cabbage, lemons, eggs, hats, and everything they had on the field until the umpires called the game and the g
Chicago pitcher Guy Bush supports Sewell

Chicago pitcher Guy Bush supports Sewell

Agreement was hard to find, even among the opposing Chicago Cub players. Pitcher Guy Bush seemed to corroborate Joe Sewell’s testimony in taking a less certain stance.  “(Babe) Ruth was talking to me,” Root wrote. “At the time when he raised his right hand it is of my belief
Fellow Yankee Frank Crosetti says Ruth did not call his shot

Fellow Yankee Frank Crosetti says Ruth did not call his shot

Not so fast.  “Joe Sewell is wrong. When (Charlie) Root got 2 strikes on him the Babe pointed one finger at the Cub bench, meaning he had one more strike left. He did not point to center field,” says fellow Yankee Frank Crosetti, the starting shortstop and number eight hitter in the lin
Frank Crosetti earned 17 World Series rings as a player and coach for the Yankees

Frank Crosetti earned 17 World Series rings as a player and coach for the Yankees

Above is an autographed image of New York shortstop Frank Crosetti. Affectionately known as “Crow”, he played 17 years for the Yankees, five as Babe Ruth’s teammate. A two-time all star and later a Yankee third base coach, Crow was with the team from 1932 to 1964. He was
Ben Chapman started in right field for the Yankees; here's what he thinks

Ben Chapman started in right field for the Yankees; here's what he thinks

Ben Chapman was undecided really about Babe Ruth’s called shot. The right fielder hit seventh in the New York lineup that day and wrote, “He was pointing at Charley (sic) Root who had knocked him down.” However, Chapman wasn’t entirely certain.
Cub third baseman Woody English believes there was no called shot

Cub third baseman Woody English believes there was no called shot

Playing third base that day for the Cubs was Woody English who forever discounted the idea of Babe Ruth calling his shot.  “…he held two fingers up saying that’s only 2 strikes. The press
Autographed Goudey reprint depicting Woody English in 1932

Autographed Goudey reprint depicting Woody English in 1932

Woody English autographed this 1933 Goudey baseball card reprint depicting him in the 1932 season. English appeared in Major League Baseball’s first All Star game in 1933 and played in two World Series. He finished with 1356 career hits and a .286 lifetime average.

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