Root for the Cubs launched exclusively at Amazon today and is now available on Kindle or related apps.
Just in time for Opening Day, you can read the first three chapters free by going to the Amazon site.
The paperback version is still available by clicking "Order Now" on this site or at Amazon.
Daughter Della Root Arnold tearfully recounts how one pitch to Babe Ruth unfairly overshadowed father Charlie Root's career of 201 wins, most for the Chicago Cubs by any pitcher. 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.
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.
Feedback 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.
Baseball remembers Charlie Root for one pitch -- Babe Ruth's supposed "called shot" in the 1932 World Series.
But baseball's biggest legend should not overshadow Root's 201 wins, the most of any pitcher for the Chicago Cubs.
Root's daughter tells the rest of the story with humor, love and never-reported, off-the-field details of one of the greatest Cub dynasties in history.
Roger Snell, an award-winning, former investigative reporter, spent hundreds of hours with faded news clips, old microfilm and baseball stats. But his greatest find was Root's 90-year-old daughter, Della.
Della has devoted her life to setting the record straight about the Babe and sharing how much more there was to her father's life.
"If that big, fat guy had pointed, you'd think we would have seen it," says Della, whose personal journal and hours of interviews with the author add uncommon flavor and spice to this biography.
Snell, a member of the Society for American Baseball Research, spins a love story with uncommon off-the-field details about Cub pranks, conflicts and emotions that ranged from the Root's dining room table to the turf of Wrigley Field.
Follow the extreme emotions of the 1929 season when Root tries to disguise arm problems and believes his career is over. "It's the only time that I ever saw Dad cry," Della said. By fall, he is standing on the mound for Game One of the World Series, anchoring one of the greatest Cub teams in history. Learn what happened and was never reported when Hack Wilson's two errors in a game cause the worst collapse in World Series history with Root as the victim.
Chicago gangster Al Capone and troubles on the stock market compete for newspaper headlines for Cub fans in 1929 who think the 21-year drought is about to end since their last championship. Pitchers and catchers board the train at Union Station on Feb. 14, headed to spring training on Catalina Island, just hours after the St. Valentine's Day Massacre in a North Side warehouse.
Root for the Cubs: Charlie Root and the 1929 Chicago Cubs is coming to your favorite bookstores and libraries by Opening Day 2009 and will be available on Amazon.com, this web site and from the nation's two biggest book wholesale distributors, Ingram and Baker & Taylor.
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