1919 Cincinnati Reds
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World Series Champs
Managed by Pat Moran
History, Comments, Contributions
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.
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.
- Susan Dellinger: Red Legs and Black Sox: Edd Roush and the Untold Story of the 1919 World Series, Emmis Books, Cincinnati, OH, 2006.