This is number three of a ten week series detailing the greatest Reds of all time. Number eight on the Reds all time greatest list is Edd Roush.
Roush played twelve seasons for the Reds between 1916 and 1931.
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The centerfielder, Roush, had his best seasons between 1917 and 1925, and he is often forgot about in the discussion of the greatest Reds of all time because of the long time ago that he played. The Reds acquired him from the New York Giants in the summer of 1916 along with Christy Mathewson and Bill McKechnie.
However, Roush holds the second best batting average, .331, in Reds history. For 9 straight seasons in a Reds uniform he hit above .320. Perhaps what is most staggering is the lack of strikeouts that he had in his career. For example in 1921, he had 418 AB’s and struck out only 8 times.
This past season, Drew Stubbs struck out 8 times in 9 AB’s (I like Stubbs but just to prove a point…). Roush never struck out and was the type of contact hitter that is rare in modern baseball. He was not glamorous and did not hit anywhere near the number of home runs that Stubbs will probably hit in his career, but he was as consistent of a hitter as has ever worn a Redlegs or Reds uniform. In 1921, Roush went a staggering 52.3 AB’s in between strikouts on average.
In 1917 and 1919, Edd Roush led the National League in batting, and his career reached its pinnacle when he led the Redlegs to the 1919 World Series title.
For being one of the most consistent hitters in Reds history, for his speed on the basepaths, superb defensive ability, and for leading the Redlegs to the 1919 World Series Title, Roush is the 8th greatest Red of all time.