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 Charles Henry “Chinski” Root

Charles Henry “Chinski” Root

Birth
Middletown, Butler County, Ohio, USA
Death 5 Nov 1970 (aged 71)
Hollister, San Benito County, California, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered, Specifically: Ashes Scattered
Memorial ID 20911 · View Source
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Professional Baseball Player. He was a top flight pitcher for the Chicago Cubs. He was a durable winner for 16 seasons, winning at least 10 games in ten different seasons, with a top mark of 26-15 in 1927. In 1969 he was named the all-time Cubs righthander. His main claim to fame is as the pitcher who gave up Babe Ruth's "called shot" when the "Bambino" homered off him in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series. The hard-nosed, tobacco-squirting Root claimed that he'd have decked Ruth with a fastball had he really called his shot. Cubs catcher Gabby Hartnett agreed with Root's version of the incident, saying in an interview after Root died in 1970 that " Chinski would have thrown one down Ruth's Goddamn throat if he had tried to call his shot". Others including the Yanks Lou Gehrig, Bill Dickey, Lefty Gomez and Ben Chapman swore that it really happened. Either way, the incident has become frozen in time as one of the most famous in baseball history. Cremated at Garden of Memories Memorial Park, Salinas, CA.

Bio by: Frank Russo


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 23 Mar 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 20911
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Henry “Chinski” Root (17 Mar 1899–5 Nov 1970), Find A Grave Memorial no. 20911, ; Maintained by Find A Grave Cremated, Ashes scattered, who reports a Ashes Scattered.