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EDD J. ROUSH
Born: May 8, 1893 in Oakland City, Indiana
Died: March 21, 1988 in Bradenton, Florida
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Full name Edd J. Roush Born May 8, 1893, Oakland City, Indiana Died March 21, 1988, Bradenton, Florida Buried at Montgomery Cemetery, Oakland City, Indiana First Game: August 20, 1913; Final Game: September 27, 1931 Bat: Left Throw: Left Height: 5' 11" Weight: 170Selected to the Hall of Fame in 1962EDD ROUSH This article was written by Jim Sandoval and is presented in part, courtesy of the Society for American Baseball Research Known as one of the feistiest players in baseball history, Edd Roush channeled that energy into a Hall of Fame career. An old-timer was quoted in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in 1919 saying that Roush was more like the fiery old Baltimore Orioles of the 1890's than any other player in the National League. The observer stressed Roush's versatility and his knack at doing the unexpected when it would help the most. John McGraw, in a similar vain, once said, "that Hoosier moves with the indifference of an alley cat." Pat Moran claimed that "all that fellow has to do is wash his hands, adjust his cap and he's in shape to hit. He's the great individualist in the game." Roush led his team, the Cincinnati Reds, to the World's Championship in 1919.A left-handed hitter with a lifetime average of .323 in 18 seasons, Edd Roush was the best place hitter in the National League toward the end of the Deadball Era, winning batting championships in 1917 and 1919 and finishing second in 1918. "Some batters, and good ones too, scoff at the whole theory of place hitting, calling it a myth," he said. "They are wrong, however." Roush wielded a short, thick-handled bat that weighed 48 ounces, one of the heaviest ever in baseball. He snapped the bat at the ball with his arms and placed line drives to all parts of the field by shifting his feet after the ball left the pitchers hand and altering the timing of his swing. "Place hitting is in a sense glorified bunting," he said. "I only take a half swing at the ball, and the weight of the bat rather than my swing is what drives it."
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