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11. Charlie Root

11. Charlie Root
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: March 17, 1899 in Middletown, OH USA
  • Weight: 190 lbs.
  • Height: 5'10"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 18, 1923
  • Final Game: September 02, 1941
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1927
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1927
  • TSN All-Star - 1927
  • MVP - 1926
  • MVP - 1927
  • MVP - 1931
  • MVP - 1937
  • MVP - 1938
 
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Many great Pitchers have toiled on the mound for the Chicago Cubs, but none of them have recorded more Wins than Charlie Root, who brought the “W” 201 times.

After a brief stint with the St. Louis Browns in 1923, Root made his way back to majors for the Cubs in 1926.  While he finished first in Losses (17) that year, he did have 18 Wins, and in 1927 he had his best year with a league leading 26 Wins and finished fourth in MVP voting.  He would have at least 14 or more Wins over the next six years, and he would later play more out of the bullpen.

Root's tenure in Chicago saw him play 16 seasons, and in addition to his 201 Wins, he is the franchise leader in Games Pitched (605), Innings Pitched (3,137.1), and Win Probability Added for Pitchers (22.2).  Naturally, Root was part of the myriad of players who were elected into the Cubs Hall of Fame's first class in 2021.

The Bullet Points

  • Position: Pitcher
  • Acquired: Signed before the 1926 Season.
  • Departed: Released 10/8/41.
  • Games Played: 605
  • Notable Statistics: 201 Wins
    156 Losses
    3.55 ERA
    339 Games Started
    177 Complete Games
    21 Shutouts
    171 Games Finished
    42 Saves
    3,137.1 Innings Pitched
    1,432 Strikeouts
    3.78 FIP
    1.292 WHIP
    1.64 SO/BB
    37.8 bWAR

    No Playoff Games
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    Most Wins (1927)
    Most Games Pitched (1927)
    Most Innings Pitched (1927)
    Most Shutouts (1930)
    Highest Win Probability Added (1929)
    Highest Fielding Percentage by a Pitcher (1930 & 1932)

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