The 1930’s:

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 “Reds trivia” posts come from Greg Rhodes and John Snyder’s fabulous book, “Redleg Journal” (see link for purchasing) and are used with Greg’s permission.

Thanks again to Greg Rhodes for permission to use his material.