1927 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1927 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fifth in the National League with a record of 75–78, 18½ games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates.

1927 Cincinnati Reds
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s)Garry Herrmann, C. J. McDiarmid
Manager(s)Jack Hendricks
Local televisionnone
Local radionone
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On February 9, 1927, the Reds traded long time outfielder Edd Roush to the New York Giants in exchange for infielder High Pockets Kelly. Roush, who was acquired by the Reds from the Giants in 1916, hit .336 with 46 HR and 722 RBI while adding 197 stolen bases in 1298 games with Cincinnati from 1916-1926. Kelly, who had played with the Giants since 1915, led the National League in home runs in 1921, and was the league leader in RBI in 1920 and 1924. In 1136 games with New York, Kelly batted .301 with 123 HR and 762 RBI.

Long-time owner Garry Herrmann, who bought the Reds in 1902, sold the team to C. J. McDiarmid. Under Hermann's ownership, the Reds won the 1919 World Series.

Regular season

The Reds got off to a very poor start in 1927, going 11-25 in their first 36 games and quickly found themselves in last place in the National League. On July 12, the Reds remained in the National League cellar with a 28-50 through their first 78 games, however, a 21-6 streak in their next 27 games saw the club vault into fifth place in the league with a 49-56 record.

Cincinnati got within one game of a .500 record, as on September 24, following a 1-0 win over the Brooklyn Robins, the Reds had a 72-73 record. That would be the closest the team would get to .500, as they finished the season with a 75-78 record, finishing 18.5 games behind the NL Pennant winning Pittsburgh Pirates.

This marked the first season since 1921 that the Reds finished with a losing record. The 75 wins was the fewest by Cincinnati since they finished 70-83 in 1921.

Catcher Bubbles Hargrave led Cincinnati with a .308 batting average, and had 35 RBI in 102 games. Outfielder Curt Walker batted .292 with a team high six home runs and 80 RBI in 30 games. Rookie outfielder Ethan Allen hit .295 with two home runs and 20 RBI, and had a team high 12 stolen bases in 111 games. High Pockets Kelly suffered through an injury plagued season, hitting .270 with five home runs and 21 RBI in 61 games.

Red Lucas led the Reds pitching staff, as he finished with an 18-11 record, leading the team in wins, as well as a team high 239.2 innings in 37 games. Carl Mays had a solid season, earning a 15-12 record with a 3.51 ERA and a team high 121 strikeouts in 44 games. Pete Donohue struggled to a 6-16 record with a 4.11 ERA in 33 games after two consecutive 20+ win seasons.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 9460 0.610 48–31 46–29
St. Louis Cardinals 9261 0.601 55–25 37–36
New York Giants 9262 0.597 2 49–25 43–37
Chicago Cubs 8568 0.556 50–28 35–40
Cincinnati Reds 7578 0.490 18½ 45–35 30–43
Brooklyn Robins 6588 0.425 28½ 34–39 31–49
Boston Braves 6094 0.390 34 32–41 28–53
Philadelphia Phillies 51103 0.331 43 34–43 17–60

Record vs. opponents

Boston 12–107–154–187–1514–89–13–17–15
Brooklyn 10–127–1511–1010–12–111–118–148–14
Chicago 15–715–714–810–1213–99–139–12
Cincinnati 18–410–118–147–1516–68–148–14
New York 15–712–10–112–1015–715–711–1112–10
Philadelphia 8–1411–119–136–167–157–15–13–19
Pittsburgh 13–9–114–813–914–811–1115–7–114–8
St. Louis 15–714–812–914–810–1219–38–14


1927 Cincinnati Reds
Pitchers Catchers


  • Ethan Allen
  • Rube Bressler
  • Cuckoo Christensen
  • Pid Purdy
  • Curt Walker
  • Billy Zitzmann
  • Jack Hendricks


  • Grover Land

Player stats

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
CBubbles Hargrave10230594.308035
1BWally Pipp122443115.260241
2BHughie Critz113396110.278449
SSHod Ford115409112.274146
3BChuck Dressen144548160.292255
OFCurt Walker146527154.292680
OFEthan Allen111359106.295220
OFRube Bressler124467136.291377

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
Billy Zitzmann8823266.284024
George Kelly6122260.270521
Cuckoo Christensen5718547.254016
Val Picinich6517344.254012
Pee-Wee Wanninger289323.24708
Pinky Pittenger318423.274110
Babe Pinelli307615.19714
Pid Purdy186222.355112
Clyde Sukeforth385811.19002
Jack White540.00000
Ray Wolf110.00000

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
Red Lucas37239.218113.3851
Jakie May44235.215123.51121
Dolf Luque29230.213123.2076
Eppa Rixey34219.212103.4842
Pete Donohue33190.26164.1148

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
Ray Kolp2482.1333.0628
Carl Mays1482.0373.5117
Art Nehf2145.1355.5621
Pete Appleton629.2211.823
Jim Beckman412.1015.840


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