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Charle Root's daughter passes away PDF Print E-mail

Charlie Root's daughter, Della Root Arnold, passed away today (Feb. 25, 2012), four days after her 93rd birthday. This was her favorite time of year, when, as a girl, she accompanied her mother and father to Cubs' spring training camp at Catalina Island.

Della's scrapbook only contained the news clippings of her father's wins, 201, the most of any pitcher in a Cub uniform. Yet she tirelessly spent her life correcting, bemoaning and trying to undo the myth of one pitch that her father threw to Babe Ruth in the 1932 World Series. Della was instrumental in providing the heart and soul to my book about Charlie Root and the best team they ever had in 1929. Their home was the place where the Cub stars gathered for pot luck, cards, and laughter. She captured her memories in her own journal.

Our Sunday afternoon phone calls for many months took her back to when she was a girl, delightfully recalling those happy days when her father was as famous in Chicago as Al Capone was infamous.

Della's story will live on in this book that she was so pleased about, where she recounted her father's words about Ruth's "called shot" before his passing: "I gave my whole life to baseball, and I'll be remembered for something that never happened."

Della's effort for this book sheds light on a lot more than one pitch. It was all about family and a daughter's love for a father who happened to be one of the Cub greats.

Charlie and Dorothy get to say today, "Welcome, home, Della."

 
Babe Ruth legend still haunts the memory of Charlie Root PDF Print E-mail

DSCN0074_croppedMontreal Gazette gets Root story right in 2011 World Series preview: Della Root Arnold, Charlie Root's daughter, is struggling in poor health after a recent stroke. But her greatest hope about this book is coming true with recent news stories before this year's World Series.

She has spent her life trying to set baseball history straight about the one pitch her father threw to Babe Ruth in the 1932 World Series. A Canadian newspaper gets it right about this infamous moment in the history of the American pastime.

The Montreal Gazette quotes from my interview with Della about Charlie's final words; he knew the myth of that one pitch would overshadow the truth and his entire career of 201 wins, the most for the Chicago Cubs by any pitcher.

Video interview with Della on this same topic: Hear Della's own words as she tearfully recounts in this video interview with me three years ago about that pitch to Babe Ruth in the 1932 World Series. Make sure to watch all the way to the end at 2 minutes and 30 seconds. See You Tube video and understand why Della makes the book a "baseball love story."

MLB ignores history, shoots fake scene

After watching Della's emotional ending on the video above, then take a look at this travesty from Major League Baseball -- their own recreation of the "called shot," which aired on the MLB network on April 23, 2009. The only fake footage was Ruth's point toward centerfield. If MLB wanted to get it right, why didn't they pay Kirk Kandle for the rights to show the entire at bat as it appears on film? Here's the link to MLB.com and the outrageous reason why Root cannot live down one pitch from 1932.

Second Della video tells only time she ever saw her father break down

Charlie Root started the 1929 season with the Chicago Cubs hiding a secret threatening his career. Never-reported details are told by Della in this video interview and are an important disclosure in the book. Click here to go to the You Tube video.


 
What a first month for Root for the Cubs: Charlie Root and the 1929 Chicago Cubs PDF Print E-mail

Barnes & Noble has decided to carry the book nationally, and it all started with a store manager in a Chicago suburb who pulled the book through the system. Book signings are being planned for the summer at Chicago-area Barnes & Nobles.

You can also order directly from this site for a signed first edition from the author for $17 plus $3 shipping. The book also is offered at Amazon.com. Details on wholesale discounts for retailers is at the "How to Order" button.

root%20dancing%20high%20qualityFeedback from Cub fans, baseball historians, and reporters has been pleasantly surprising in this first month on the market. My favorite comment is from a reporter who called this a "love story and not just a baseball book" and said Charlie Root's wife, Dorothy, emerges as the heroine of the book. Dorothy stood by Charlie in his minor league days when he was mocked by his father for pursuing a child's game and she was steadfastly behind him when he thought his career was over at the start of the 1929 season. Charlie and Dorothy (left) are shown dancing in the Casino ballroom at Catalina Island during spring training.

The book begins in 1929 with machine gun fire at a warehouse just blocks from Wrigley Field on the same day the players are boarding the train for spring training. The St. Valentine's Day Massacre happened just three hours before the players started their journey.

Another marketing surprise for me is that women are the predominant buyers, wishing to have autographs directed to sons, husbands or fathers as gifts.

The key Cub gift and souvenir shops immediately surrounding Wrigley Field said they will stock the book throughout the season.

Book events also are planned for July 10-11 at the Louisville Slugger Museum. Several other book stores are making tentative plans.

Click the "News and Reviews" button to see the first round of news stories about the book, the "called shot", Charlie Root's daughter, Della, and the author.

"Public appearances" and the author's "Blog" are updated with the latest information.

 
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