1919 Cincinnati Reds

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1919 Cincinnati Reds / Franchise: Cincinnati Reds / BR Team Page

Record: 96-44, Finished 1st in National League (1919 NL)

Clinched Pennant: September 16, 1919, vs. New York Giants

World Series Champs

Managed by Pat Moran

Ballpark: Redland Field

History, Comments, Contributions[edit]

The 1919 Cincinnati Reds claimed the Cincinnati Reds' first World Series title. Although the Reds had played in the National League since 1890, they had never previously finished higher than third place. And after 1919, it would be 20 years before they would again capture the pennant.

Unfortunately, their win in the 1919 World Series was clouded because of the Black Sox Scandal.

Edd Roush and Heinie Groh were the hitting stars of the team during the regular season, both posting identical slugging percentages of .431.

It was not a particularly young team, with 35-year-old Jake Daubert and 34-year-old Sherry Magee being starters and an average age of 29.

Greasy Neale led the team with 28 stolen bases, but still scored only 57 times in 500 at-bats.

All the starting pitchers had winning records, with all of them posting ERA's under 2.40 (Dolf Luque, who went 10-3, had an ERA of 2.63 but started only 9 times). The top starter was Dutch Ruether, who went 19-6 with an ERA of 1.82. 34-year-old Slim Sallee led the team with 21 victories.

Manager Pat Moran, who managed for nine years in the big leagues, won his only World Series title in 1919, although he also won a pennant in 1915 with the Philadelphia Phillies. Moran had a lifetime manager winning percentage of .561. As a player, he had a long career as a catcher, including several years as a backup catcher with the Chicago Cubs when they were at their peak.

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Further Reading[edit]

  • Susan Dellinger: Red Legs and Black Sox: Edd Roush and the Untold Story of the 1919 World Series, Emmis Books, Cincinnati, OH, 2006.