1938 Cincinnati Reds
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Owner(s)Powel Crosley, Jr.
General manager(s)Warren Giles
Manager(s)Bill McKechnie
Local radioWCPO
(Harry Hartman)
WSAI
(Red Barber, Dick Bray)
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The 1938 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fourth in the National League with a record of 82–68, 6 games behind the Chicago Cubs.

Offseason

During the off-season, Cincinnati hired Bill McKechnie to manage the club. McKechnie had extensive major league experience as a manager, as he most recently managed the Boston Bees from 1930–37, leading the club to a 560–666 over eight seasons. McKechnie also managed the St. Louis Cardinals from 1928–29, leading the team to a 129–88 record and winning the 1928 National League pennant. McKechnie had his most success as manager with the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1922–26, as he earned a 409–293 record. McKechnie managed the Pirates to the 1925 National League pennant, and won the 1925 World Series as Pittsburgh defeated the Washington Senators in seven games.

On October 4, 1937, the Reds released outfielder Kiki Cuyler following the 1937 season. Cuyler spent three seasons in Cincinnati, where he batted .293 with nine home runs, 128 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 323 games.

The Reds sold centerfielder Hub Walker to the Nashville Volunteers of the Southern Association on December 2. In 78 games with the Reds in 1937, Walker hit .249 with one home run and 19 RBI.

The next day, on December 3, the Reds were involved in a trade with the New York Yankees. Cincinnati sent shortstop Eddie Miller and $40,000 to New York for catcher Willard Hershberger. Hershberger batted .325 with five home runs in 96 games with the Newark Bears of the International League during the 1937 season. Following the acquisition of Hershberger, the Reds sold catcher Gilly Campbell to the Montreal Royals of the International League three days later.

On February 3, the Reds released pitcher Bill Hallahan. Hallahan struggled to a 3–9 record with a 6.14 ERA in 21 games with the Reds during the 1937 season.

The next day, on February 4, Cincinnati purchased second baseman Lonny Frey from the Chicago Cubs. Frey hit .278 with one home run and 22 RBI in 78 games during his only season with Chicago. Previously, Frey played with the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1933–36, where in his best season in 1935, Frey hit .262 with 11 home runs and 77 RBI in 131 games.

In mid-April, the Reds signed pitcher Ray Benge as a free agent. Benge did not play during the 1937 season. In the 1936 season, he earned a record of 8–13 with a 5.49 ERA in 36 games while splitting the season between the Boston Bees and the Philadelphia Phillies. In 1931, Benge enjoyed his best season, as he earned a 14–18 record with a 3.17 ERA in 38 games with the Phillies.

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 89 63 0.586 44–33 45–30
Pittsburgh Pirates 86 64 0.573 2 44–33 42–31
New York Giants 83 67 0.553 5 43–30 40–37
Cincinnati Reds 82 68 0.547 6 43–34 39–34
Boston Bees 77 75 0.507 12 45–30 32–45
St. Louis Cardinals 71 80 0.470 17½ 36–41 35–39
Brooklyn Dodgers 69 80 0.463 18½ 31–41 38–39
Philadelphia Phillies 45 105 0.300 43 26–48 19–57

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS BR CHC CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 10–12 12–10 11–9 8–14 14–8 9–13 13–9–1
Brooklyn 10–12 9–11–1 9–13 8–14 15–7 9–11 9–12–1
Chicago 12–10 11–9–1 11–11 12–10 18–4 12–10 13–9–1
Cincinnati 9–11 13–9 11–11 12–9 14–7 10–12 13–9–1
New York 14–8 14–8 10–12 9–12 16–5 9–13–1 11–9–1
Philadelphia 8–14 7–15 4–18 7–14 5–16 8–12–1 6–16
Pittsburgh 13–9 11–9 10–12 12–10 13–9–1 12–8–1 15–7
St. Louis 9–13–1 12–9–1 9–13–1 9–13–1 9–11–1 16–6 7–15


Roster

1938 Cincinnati Reds
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

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Manager

Coaches

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 Ernie Lombardi 129 489 167 .342 19 95
1B Frank McCormick 151 640 209 .327 5 106
2B Lonny Frey 124 501 133 .265 4 36
SS Billy Myers 134 442 112 .253 12 47
3B Lew Riggs 142 531 134 .252 2 55
OF Ival Goodman 145 568 166 .292 30 92
OF Harry Craft 151 612 165 .270 15 83
OF Wally Berger 99 407 125 .307 16 56

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
Dusty Cooke 82 233 64 .275 2 33
Willard Hershberger 49 105 29 .276 0 12
Nolen Richardson 35 100 29 .290 0 10
Lee Gamble 53 75 24 .320 0 5
Alex Kampouris 21 74 19 .257 2 7
Don Lang 21 50 13 .220 1 11
Spud Davis 12 36 6 .167 0 1
Kiddo Davis 5 18 5 .278 0 0
Justin Stein 11 18 6 .333 0 1
Buck Jordan 9 7 2 .286 0 0
Nino Bongiovanni 2 7 2 .286 0 0
Dick West 1 1 0 .000 0 0
Jimmy Outlaw 4 0 0 --- 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
Paul Derringer 41 307 21 14 2.93 132
Johnny Vander Meer 32 225.1 15 10 3.12 125
Bucky Walters 27 168.1 11 6 3.69 65
Peaches Davis 29 167.2 7 12 3.97 28

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
Jim Weaver 30 129.1 6 4 3.13 64
Whitey Moore 19 90.1 6 4 3.49 38
Lee Grissom 14 51 2 3 5.29 16
Al Hollingsworth 9 34 2 2 7.15 13
Red Barrett 6 28.2 2 0 3.14 5

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
Joe Cascarella 33 4 7 4 4.57 30
Gene Schott 31 5 5 2 4.45 21
Ray Benge 9 1 1 2 4.11 5
Ted Kleinhans 1 0 0 0 9.00 0

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AA Syracuse Chiefs International League Jim Bottomley and Dick Porter
A Albany Senators Eastern League Bill McCorry
B Durham Bulls Piedmont League Bill Hughes
B Columbia Reds Sally League Johnny Burnett
B Waterloo Red Hawks Illinois–Indiana–Iowa League Lenny Backer
C El Dorado Lions Cotton States League Frank O'Rourke
C Muskogee Reds Western Association Ben Tincup
D Rogers Reds Arkansas–Missouri League Lester "Pat" Patterson
D Williamston Martins Coastal Plain League Art Hauger
D Union City Greyhounds KITTY League Hap Bohl

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References

  1. ^ "Johnny Vander Meer, Twice Perfect". Seth.com. Retrieved August 24, 2012.
  2. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007