Edd Roush


November 12, 2012 by Elizabeth Metz

Outfielder, 1917-1926, 1931.  Coach, 1938. Inducted 1960.

Never batted below .321 in any of his 10 seasons with the Reds, and won the batting title twice in that time.  Also renowned for his outfield arm.  A key member of the 1919 team that won the Reds’ first World Series against the so-called “Black Sox,” Roush maintained that the Reds would have won the Series even if their opponents had played to their full capabilities.  Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962.

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4 thoughts on “Edd Roush

  1. Joel says:

    I love that Roush was named the Greatest Red in the team’s first century in 1969 and within the next decade there were 3 players on the team who were more deserving of the title (not to mention Frank Robinson, who probably deserved it more in the first place). Just goes to show how great the Big Red Machine was compared to the rest of Reds history.

  2. So true! But I will say that I knew next to nothing about the 1940 team prior to taking on this project, and I’m impressed. If the Big Red Machine was the offensive heyday of the team, the 1930s and early 40s were surely the pitching heydey.

  3. WONDERFUL work here, dear Elizabeth…thank you for the great drawing of my granddad,
    Edd Roush. (At the Hall, they call him “ole’ double D” …ha) Hope you’ve read my book about
    his life and the 1919 Black Sox World Series. It’s been optioned in NYC for a screenplay and possible film for HBO. Title: “Red Legs and Black Sox”. You and your colleagues can visit
    our website (below) and YOU might enjoy my website and my SHAPE PERSONALITIES test! …Dr. Susan Dellinger in Tampa

    • Thanks so much for visiting, and for your kind words, Susan! I have not read your book, but it sounds like a great read. I’ll be sure to look it up. Your granddad sure was a talented guy.

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