1929 Cincinnati Reds
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Owner(s)C. J. McDiarmid, Sidney Weil
Manager(s)Jack Hendricks
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The 1929 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished seventh in the National League with a record of 66–88, 33 games behind the Chicago Cubs.

Off-season

On December 13, 1928, the Reds traded away catcher Bubbles Hargrave to the St. Paul Saints of the American Association. Hargrave had been with the team since 1921, and he led the National League with a .353 batting average in 1926. In 766 games with the club, Hargrave batted .314 with 29 home runs and 359 RBI. The Reds received pitcher Paul Zahniser, who had a 13-10 record with a 3.57 ERA in 30 games with the Saints. Zahniser had previous experience in the American League, as he pitched with the Washington Senators from 1923-1924 and the Boston Red Sox from 1925-1926. Between the two clubs, Zahniser had a 26-47 record with a 4.62 ERA in 124 games, and he led the AL in losses with 18 in 1926.

Regular season

Very early in the season, the Reds traded catcher Val Picinich to the Brooklyn Robins in exchange for pitcher Rube Ehrhardt and catcher Johnny Gooch. Ehrhardt had a 1-3 record with a 4.67 ERA in 28 games during the 1928 season with Brooklyn. In his five years with Brooklyn, Ehrhardt had a 21-32 record with a 4.10 ERA in 169 games, twice leading the NL in games finished in both 1926 and 1927. Gooch split the 1928 season between the Robins and Pittsburgh Pirates, batting .282 with 17 RBI in 73 games.

Following a bad start to the season with a 6-11 record in their first 17 games, the Reds won five of their next six games to improve to only one game under .500. The Reds then lost 14 of their next 15 games to fall into the NL cellar with a 12-26 record, 12.5 games out of first place.

The Reds would struggle throughout the season, batting the Philadelphia Phillies, Brooklyn Robins and Boston Braves to stay out of last place. A highlight during the season was a 21-4 victory over the Phillies in June, while the Reds shutout the pennant winning Chicago Cubs 9-0 in a late-season game.

Cincinnati finished the 1929 season in seventh place with a 66-88 record, 33 games behind the Cubs for first place. The 66 wins was the fewest by the club in a season since 1916, when they had a 60-93 record. The Reds attendance dropped by nearly 200,000 fans, as the club drew 295,040, their lowest total since 1918.

Outfielder Curt Walker led the team with a .313 batting average and in home runs with seven, while finishing second with 83 RBI in 141 games. First baseman High Pockets Kelly hit .293 with five home runs and a team best 103 RBI in 147 games. Rookie outfielder Evar Swanson hit .300 with four home runs and 43 RBI, while leading the team with 172 hits, 100 runs, and 33 stolen bases.

On the mound, Red Lucas had a breakout season, leading the Reds with a 19-12 record and a team best 3.60 ERA and 270 innings pitched in 32 games. Lucas led the National League with 28 complete games.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 98 54 0.645 52–25 46–29
Pittsburgh Pirates 88 65 0.575 10½ 45–31 43–34
New York Giants 84 67 0.556 13½ 39–37 45–30
St. Louis Cardinals 78 74 0.513 20 43–32 35–42
Philadelphia Phillies 71 82 0.464 27½ 39–37 32–45
Brooklyn Robins 70 83 0.458 28½ 42–35 28–48
Cincinnati Reds 66 88 0.429 33 38–39 28–49
Boston Braves 56 98 0.364 43 34–43 22–55

Record vs. opponents


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Team BOS BR CHC CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 11–11 7–15 8–14 9–13 5–17 8–14 8–14
Brooklyn 11–11 6–16 11–11 14–7 9–13 9–13 10–12
Chicago 15–7 16–6 14–8–1 12–10–1 17–5–1 9–13 15–5–1
Cincinnati 14–8 11–11 8–14–1 10–12 11–11 9–13 3–19
New York 13–9 7–14 10–12–1 12–10 16–5 13–8 13–9
Philadelphia 17–5 13–9 5–17–1 11–11 5–16 11–11 9–13
Pittsburgh 14–8 13–9 13–9 13–9 8–13 11–11 16–6–1
St. Louis 14–8 12–10 5–15–1 19–3 9–13 13–9 6–16–1


Roster

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Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Johnny Gooch 92 287 86 .300 0 34
1B High Pockets Kelly 147 577 169 .293 5 103
2B Hughie Critz 107 425 105 .247 1 50
SS Hod Ford 148 529 146 .276 3 50
3B Chuck Dressen 110 401 98 .244 1 36
OF Curt Walker 141 492 154 .313 7 83
OF Ethan Allen 143 538 157 .292 6 64
OF Evar Swanson 148 574 172 .300 4 43

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Clyde Sukeforth 84 237 84 .354 1 33
Pinky Pittenger 77 210 62 .295 0 27
Joe Stripp 64 187 40 .214 3 20
Pid Purdy 82 181 49 .271 1 16
Billy Zitzmann 47 84 19 .226 0 6
Leo Dixon 14 30 5 .167 0 2
Wally Shaner 13 28 9 .321 1 4
Ivey Wingo 1 1 0 .000 0 0
Hugh McMullen 1 1 0 .000 0 0
Estel Crabtree 1 1 0 .000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Red Lucas 32 270.0 19 12 3.60 72
Eppa Rixey 35 201.0 10 13 4.16 37
Jakie May 41 199.0 10 14 4.61 92
Pete Donohue 32 177.2 10 13 5.42 30
Dolf Luque 32 176.0 5 16 4.50 43
Benny Frey 3 24.0 1 2 4.13 1

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Ray Kolp 30 145.1 8 10 4.03 27
Ken Ash 29 82.0 1 5 4.83 26
Marv Gudat 7 26.2 1 1 3.38 0

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Rube Ehrhardt 24 1 2 1 4.74 9
Dutch Kemner 9 0 0 1 7.63 10
Si Johnson 1 0 0 0 4.50 0
Paul Zahniser 1 0 0 0 27.00 0

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