Player Profile


Edd Roush

(Eddie)
B: May 8, 1893  Oakland City, IN
D: Mar 21, 1988 

Bradenton, FL


Bats Left
Throws Left
Height 5'11"
Weight 170 lbs
Seasons 18

Biography / Info

  • Edd Roush played baseball from 1913 to 1931. He was considered the best centerfielder in the National League during the 1920's. 
  • Roush could hit to all fields and was constantly changing his batting stance. As a defensive player, he was rivaled by only one other player, that being Tris Speaker in the American League. 

His Playing Days

  • 1913: Sold late in the season by the Evansville club of the Central League to the Chicago White Sox. He appeared in only 9 games and was optioned in September to the Lincoln club of the Western League.
  • 1914: Roush was offered $225 a month to play for the Indianapolis club of the upstart Federal League. The salary was nearly twice the one he had at Lincoln. He jumped to the league and was one of the few young players to be developed there.
  • 1916: After the Federal League folded, the New York Giants bought Benny Kauff from the Brooklyn Tip Tops for $35,000 and also bought Roush from the Newark team for $7,500. Both players played center field. Roush and Manager McGraw's stormy relationship prompted a trade of Rosuh to the Cincinnati Reds.
  • 1917: Heldout on the Reds damanding $5,000 instead of the $4,500 the team had offered. After the row was settled, Roush went on to lead the league in batting at .341.
  • 1918: Batted .333, but finished 2 points behind Zack Wheat for the batting crown.
  • 1919: Led National League in batting and helped boost his Reds to a pennant. They went on to beat the Chicago "Black" Sox in the World Series. Roush was 6 for 28 with 6 runs scored and 7 RBI's in his only Series appearance.
  • 1920: Led league in total putouts for outfielders, finished 3rd in batting. Assembled a 27 consecutive game hitting streak.
  • 1922: Held out most of season in salary dispute.
  • 1924: Edd put together another 27 consecutive game hit streak.
  • 1926: With the Reds challenging the Cardinals for the pennant, Roush made two costly errors in a series in Boston, inevitably eliminating the Reds from the race. The disappointed Roush did not even show up for the final day of the season. 
  • 1927: Traded back to the still John McGraw led New York Giants. McGraw had been trying to get Roush back almost from the time he let him go in 1916. He was much easier on Roush this time around and Edd had a fine season..
  • 1928: Illness slowed him down this season, as this would be the first season since 1916 he didn't reach a .300 average.
  • 1930: Sat out the entire season after the Giants tried to cut his salary.
  • 1931: Roush got his release from the Giants and returned to his beloved Reds. A fan favorite in Cincinnati, Roush ended his career batting .271 in 101 games.

Post Major League

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Hall of Fame

  • 1962: Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Career Statistics

Year Team Lg G AB R H BAVG 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB IBB HBP SO
1913 WHI AL 9 10 2 1 .100 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
1914 IND FL 74 166 26 54 .325 8 4 1 30 12 0 6 0 1 20
1915 NEW FL 145 551 73 164 .298 20 11 3 60 28 0 38 0 6 25
1916 NYG NL 39 69 4 13 .188 0 1 0 5 4 0 1 0 0 4
CIN NL 69 272 34 78 .287 7 14 0 15 15 0 13 0 7 19
1917 CIN NL 136 522 82 178 .341 19 14 4 67 21 0 27 0 5 24
1918 CIN NL 113 435 61 145 .333 18 10 5 62 24 0 22 0 2 10
1919 CIN NL 133 504 73 162 .321 19 12 4 71 20 0 42 0 6 19
1920 CIN NL 149 579 81 196 .339 22 16 4 90 36 24 42 0 3 22
1921 CIN NL 112 418 68 147 .352 27 12 4 71 19 17 31 0 5 8
1922 CIN NL 49 165 29 58 .352 7 4 1 24 5 3 19 0 3 5
1923 CIN NL 138 527 88 185 .351 41 18 6 88 10 15 46 0 3 16
1924 CIN NL 121 483 67 168 .348 23 21 3 72 17 13 22 0 0 11
1925 CIN NL 134 540 91 183 .339 28 16 8 83 22 20 35 0 4 14
1926 CIN NL 144 563 95 182 .323 37 10 7 79 8 0 38 0 0 17
1927 NYG NL 140 570 83 173 .304 27 4 7 58 18 0 26 0 1 15
1928 NYG NL 46 163 20 41 .252 5 3 2 13 1 0 14 0 1 8
1929 NYG NL 115 450 76 146 .324 19 7 8 52 6 0 45 0 3 16
1930

Sat out entire season in salary dispute

1931 CIN NL 101 376 46 102 .271 12 5 1 41 2 0 17 0 3 5

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