All-time best Reds starting rotation based on WAR

It's quite likely that most Reds fans have never heard of these pitchers before.

Bucky Walters wide-eyed and displaying the uniform
Bucky Walters wide-eyed and displaying the uniform / File, Cincinnati Enquirer via Imagn
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4. Bucky Walters, Reds right-handed pitcher (43.8 WAR)

Bucky Walters played 11 seasons in a Cincinnati Reds uniform. The right-hander actually played in an era when some of the accolades that exist today were actually part of the recognition for a player's performance.

As such, throughout his entire major league career, Walters was a six-time All-Star and won the MVP 1939. Walters was also part of the Reds roster when the team won the 1940 World Series.

Walters also began his career in 1931 as an infielder. With the Boston Braves at age 22, Walters played nine games in the big leagues and spent time at both second and third base. It wasn't until 1934 with the Philadelphia Phillies that Walters began to pitch. He worked seven innings that season before starting 22 games the following season.

By the time Walters arrived in Cincinnati, he'd left his infielder's glove behind and was focused solely on pitching. During Walters' MVP season in 1939, he won the Triple Crown by leading the league in wins, strikeouts, and ERA.

Bucky Walters is one of the best players, and certainly one of the best pitchers, in Cincinanti Reds history. While among the top five pitchers in team history based on WAR, Walter's 43.8 WAR ranks him 11th among every player who's ever put on a Reds uniform.