Edd Roush

Hall of Fame

Center Field

1913—1931

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Player LeveL
Star
All-time rank
Center Field RANK
#64

Player Detail

Edd J.
GIVEN NAME
Roush
SURNAME
May 8, 1893, in Oakland City, IN
BORN
March 21, 1988, in Bradenton, FL, USA
DIED
1913—1931
Playing Career
Played from 20-38
PLAYING AGE
Chicago White Sox
Indianapolis Hoosiers
Newark Pepper
Cincinnati Reds
New York Giants
Teams Played For
Center Field
PRIMARY POSITION
Cincinnati Reds
PRIMARY TEAM
1919
World Series titles
NONE
NICKNAME
none
UNIFORM NUMBER
#3 IN LINEUP
BATTING ORDER
5-11 / 170
HEIGHT / WEIGHT
Left / Left
BATTED / THREW
August 20, 1913
Major League Debut
September 27, 1931
FINAL GAME

WHO IS Edd Roush?

Cantankerous fella who played center field mostly for the Reds; won a pair of batting titles; had friendly rivalry with Zack Wheat.

Roush was a proud and stubborn man who won two batting titles for the Reds and helped them to the 1919 World Series title. He rarely reported to spring training, often held out for more money and his aggressive playing style made him the National League’s equivalent of Ty Cobb. Roush was the best player to make his mark in the Federal League and then go on to star in the majors. In 1915, when the Federal League folded, John McGraw bought Roush for the princely sum of $10,000 and then traded him to Cincinnati in 1916 after the outfielder had hit just .188 in 39 games for the Giants. The trade was one of the worst mistakes of McGraw’s career, and the New York skipper spent the next decade trying to re-acquire Roush, which he finally did in February, 1927. Primarily a center fielder, Roush ended his career back with Cincinnati in 1931, having garnered more than 2,300 hits and a .323 lifetime batting average.

70

HITTING

60

POWER

60

RUNNING

40

FIELDING

40

THROWING
20 = NOT MLB CALIBER
30 = WELL BELOW AVG
40 = Below Average
50 = MLB AVERAGE
60 = ABOVE AVG
70 = EXCELLENT
80 = RARE, ELITE
A disputed ruling that resulted in a game being replayed in 1918 cost Roush three straight batting titles. He led the NL in batting in 1917 and 1919, but in 1918 he lost the title to Zack Wheat by .002 due to a league decision to replay a game based on an umpire’s ruling.

Career Stats

GAMES HITS HR RBI AVG
1967
2376
68
981
.323

Teammate Team

CATCHER:
First Base:
Second Base:
Shortstop:
Third Base:
Left Field:
Center Field:
Right Field:
Pitcher:
pitcher:
manager:

BEST SEASON

1920 Reds

27 Years Old

.339
AVG
4
HR
90
RBI
81
RUNS
.386
OBP
196
HITS
22
2B
16
3B
.453
SLG
42
BB
36
SB
6.0
WAR
Third in National League batting race. Roush was involved in several batting races — from 1917 to 1921 he never finished lower than third in the NL. In 1917 he defeated Rogers Hornsby by 14 points, in 1918 he just missed winning his second straight title, losing out to Brooklyn’s Zack Wheat. Through August 1, 1918, Heinie Groh was leading the NL with a .340 mark, Wheat was second at .337 and Roush was way back at .296. Roush then made a furious dash for the title, hitting .427 (53-for-124) over the last 32 games of the season to finish at .333, two points back of Wheat. In 1919, Roush edged Hornsby by three points, .321 to .318, with Ross Youngs also in the race much of the season. In 1920 and 1921 Roush lost the title to Hornsby, each time by wide margins.

SLASH LINE

AVG OBP SLG
.323
.369
.446

FOR THE TRADITIONALISTS.

VERSUS HIS PEERS

OPS LG OPS COMP
.815
.751
108.5

PLAYER OPS COMPARED TO AVERAGE PLAYER AT HIS POSITION IN HIS LEAGUE AND ERA. OPS = ON-BASE + SLUGGING.

Hall of Fame Worthy?

JAWS JAWS BY HOFER
38.4
60.2

PLAYER JAWS COMPARED TO HOF PLAYER AT HIS POSITION. JAWS = AVERAGE OF CAREER WAR & WAR7.

Edd Roush Per Season

PER 600 PLATE APPEARANCES COMPARED TO Contemporaries AT HIS POSITION

AB H R 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB TB TRB AVG OBP SLG OPS
Roush
542
175
81
25
13
5
72
36
19
20
242
214
.323
.369
.446
815
AVG CF
537
155
78
24
9
6
67
45
45
18
216
204
.290
.349
.403
.751

Edd Roush Rankings

AT Center Field BY THESE SOURCES

BASEBALL EGG HALL OF STATS BASEBALL SCHOLAR JAWS BILL JAMES
64
34
43
40
20
Updated THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2021
Updated THRU 2021
UPDATED THRU 2020

AT Center Field BY VALUE

CAREER LONG PEAK PRIME SHORT PEAK
38
47
41
72
CAREER WAR
WAR7
WAR 5 CONSECUTIVE
WAR3

Edd Roush PLAYER VALUE

WAR COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WAR7 WAR5C WAR3 WAR PER SN
45.1
31.7
24.2
16.1
3.71
74.6
45.7
33.5
22.8
5.28
BLUE = Edd Roush
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME CF

WIN SHARES COMPARED TO AVERAGE HALL OF FAMER AT HIS POSITION

CAREER WIN SHARES 7 WIN SHARES 5C WIN SHARES 3 WS PER SN
316.2
191.0
135.8
94.6
26.0
373.6
214.5
156.7
102.8
28.1
BLUE = Edd Roush
GRAY = AVERAGE HALL OF FAME CF

— Explanation of Advanced Statistics —

Wins Above Replacement is a non-standardized sabermetric statistic developed to sum up a player’s total contributions to his team. A player’s WAR value is claimed to be the number of additional wins his team has achieved above the number of expected team wins if that player were substituted with a replacement-level player:

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called PLAYER PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Wins Above Replacement (WAR). Also called SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Wins Above Replacement (WAR) per season (calculated for 162 games).

Advanced statistical method devised by Bill James. A Win Share represents one-third of a team win, by definition, and takes into account defense, offense, baserunning, park effects, and level of competition, era, and many other factors.

A player’s best seven seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of LONG PEAK.

A player’s best five consecutive seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s PRIME.

A player’s best three seasons according to his Win Shares. A measure of a player’s SHORT PEAK.

A player’s Win Shares per season (calculated for 162 games).

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