Record: 664-866 .434
Best Team: The pennant winning 1939 team set a club record of 97 wins (which was broken a year later, third best in the NL in the decade.
Worse Team: So many good choices, but the ’34 Reds are the “winners”. The team fnisihed with a 52-99 record, was last in the league in runs scored and runs allowed and went through 3 managers.
Player of the Decade: Ernie Lombardi was acquired by the Reds in ’32 and remained the starting catcher through ’41. He was elected to the HOF in 1986.
Pitcher of the Decade: Paul Derringer anchored the Reds rotation for most of the decade. His first five seasons with the Reds may have cost Derringer election to the HOF. He was 73-92 (.442) from ’33 to ’37, pitching for a team with a winning percentage of .403. Derringer finished his career with a 223-212 record. Moving 3 losses to wins during this period would have put Derringer at a career record of 238-197, comparable to many Hall of Famers.
All Ã¢â‚¬Å“Reds triviaÃ¢â‚¬Â posts come from Greg Rhodes and John SnyderÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fabulous book, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Redleg JournalÃ¢â‚¬Â (see link for purchasing) and are used with GregÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s permission.
Thanks again to Greg Rhodes for permission to use his material.