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Edd Roush

The name Edd Roush is not a very well-known name to most baseball fans. Inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1962, Roush played for the great Cincinnati Reds teams of the 19-teens and 1920s. Roush was an average hitter when he first joined Cincinnati and then took a few hitting lessons from the great Ty Cobb. Those lessons had a profound impact on Roush; and he became one the game’s best. In fact, if not for a few protested games, Roush would have won three batting titles in a row. As it is, he won the National League batting crown in 1917 and 1919. Oh, and that 1919 season is, of course, one of the most talked about seasons in baseball history – and Roush was right in the middle of it. Edd was the centerfielder for the Reds team that beat the infamous “Black Sox” in the 1919 World Series. Roush confronted a teammate about throwing games (Hod Eller, who said he was approached but refused), was quite wary of ex-teammate Hal Chase who made $40,000 off the series, and befriended another interesting character – Jimmy Widmeyer – who knew about everything that was going on. It’s all covered in this episode of Sports’ Forgotten Heroes with Edd’s granddaughter, Susan Dellinger, who wrote the book, “Red Legs and Black Sox, Edd Roush and the Untold Story of the 1919 World Series.

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