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293. Red Lucas
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: April 28, 1902 in Columbia, TN USA
  • Weight: 170 lbs.
  • Height: 5'9"
  • Bats: L
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: April 19, 1923
  • Final Game: October 01, 1938
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1929
  • Baseball Magazine All-Star - 1929
  • MVP - 1927
  • MVP - 1929
  • MVP - 1931
  • MVP - 1933
 
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Red Lucas was not just a very good Pitcher during his career, as he was also used often as a Pinch Hitter.  They don’t make many like that anymore!

Lucas played briefly for the New York Giants and Boston Braves, but it was not until 1926 where as a Cincinnati Red, he was an established Major League Baseball player.  Lucas was a valuable part of the Reds' rotation, where he received an MVP vote in four of his seasons there.  Relying on his control, Lucas led the NL in WHIP and H/9 once (1929), and was first in BB/9 twice (1933 & 1935).  In fact, Lucas was in the top ten in BB/9 nine times over his career.  Lucas was traded to Pittsburgh later in his career, playing until 1938.

Offensively, Lucas batted .281 with 404 career Hits, making him one of the best hitting Pitchers of all-time.  He retired with a 157-135 record.   

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Columbia, Tennessee, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Saturday, 01 January 1944
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Boston Braves, Cincinnati Reds, New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (None) 
    Lowest WHIP (1) (NL) (1929)
    Lowest H/9 (1) (NL) (1929)
    Lowest BB/9 (2) (NL) (1933 & 1936)
    Most Complete Games (3) (NL) (1929, 1931 & 1932)
    Most Shutouts (1) (NL) (1928)

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten MVP Finishes:
    (NL: 1929, 6th)
    4 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Pitchers)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (ERA)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (H/9)
    9 Top Ten Finishes (BB/9)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Games Pitched)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    1 Top Ten Finish (Strikeouts)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Games Started)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Shutouts)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    31. BB/9: 1.611

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    1949: 1.3%
    1950: 0.6%
    1958: 0.4%

  • Should be Inducted As A: Cincinnati Red

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