Greatest Reds of All-Time: #8

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.

Year AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP
1917 522 82 178 19 14 4 67 21 27 24 .341 .379
1918 435 61 145 18 10 5 62 24 22 10 .333 .368
1919 504 73 162 19 12 4 71 20 42 19 .321 .380
1920 579 81 196 22 16 4 90 36 42 22 .339 .386
1921 418 68 147 27 12 4 71 19 31 8 .352 .403
1922 165 29 58 7 4 1 24 5 19 5 .352 .428
1923 527 88 185 41 18 6 88 10 46 16 .351 .406
1924 483 67 168 23 21 3 72 17 22 11 .348 .376
1925 540 91 183 28 16 8 83 22 35 14 .339 .383
CIN (12 yrs) 5384 815 1784 260 152 47 763 199 354 170 .331 .377
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/17/2010.

Edd Roush (Photo courtesy of the Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library)

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.

If you have missed any of the others in the Greatest Reds of All-Time, you can click the links below to take you directly to that post:
#10
#9

Topics: Cincinnati Reds, Edd Roush, Greatest Reds Of All-Time, World Series

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