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Carl Reynolds

Carl Reynolds

Position(s):
OF
Born:
February 1, 1903
Bats:
Right
Throws:
Right
Height:
6'
Weight:
194 lbs
Major League Debut:
9-01-1927 with CHA

Intro

Carl Reynolds was born about 15 years too late. His skills would have served him better in the dead-ball era. He had good speed despite the fact that he was a relatively large man (about the same size as Ty Cobb). He bounced around among five major league teams and finished his 13 seasons with a .302 batting average. He was involved in one of the bloodiest on-field fights of the 1930s.

Best Season

Big surprise huh? It seems every outfielder in both leagues had their best season in 1930. Reynolds collected 202 hits and hit .359 (4th). He was top ten in slugging, total bases, OPS, triples, homers, and steals. On July 2, in the finale of a twinbill in Yankee Stadium, Reynolds hit three homers in the first three innings of the game, two of them inside the park jobs that fell over the head of Yankee center fielder Earl Combs.

Factoid 1

During Chicago's heated 1930 post-season "City Series," White Sox outfielder Carl Reynolds was pelted with lemons in center field by fans at Wrigley Field.

Factoid 2

While with the Red Sox in 1935, Carl Reynolds was involved in a bizarre play that almost cost Lou Gehrig his consecutive games streak. On June 8, Reynolds collided with Gehrig at first base on a close play at the bag. Gehrig left the game with shoulder injuries (Reynolds was just as big as Lou) and looked like he may be out for a few days. But luck prevailed when rain cancelled the next day's game and an off-day followed, buying the Yankee legend enough time to recuperate.

Transition

December 4, 1931: Traded by the Chicago White Sox with John Kerr to the Washington Senators for Jackie Hayes, Bump Hadley, and Sam Jones. December 14, 1932: Traded by the Washington Senators with Lloyd Brown, Sam West, and $20,000 to the St. Louis Browns for Goose Goslin, Fred Schulte, and Lefty Stewart. December 14, 1933: Traded by the St. Louis Browns to the Boston Red Sox for Ivy Andrews, Smead Jolley, and cash. December 17, 1935: Traded by the Boston Red Sox with Roy Johnson to the Washington Senators for Heinie Manush. January 29, 1937: Traded by the Washington Senators with Red Kress and cash to the Minneapolis (American Association) for Jimmy Wasdell. September 7, 1937: Purchased by the Chicago Cubs from the Minneapolis (American Association). December 23, 1939: Released by the Chicago Cubs.

Three Trips, Three Trots

On July 2, 1930, in the second game of a doubleheader against New York in Yankee Stadium, Reynolds smashed three homers. Hundreds of players have hit three homers in one game, but the amazing thing about Reynolds' trifecta was that they came in the first three innings. Reynolds hit homers in each of the first three innings, including two of the inside-the-park variety. According to newspaper accounts, Reynolds lined two balls over the head of Yankees' center fielder Earl Combs and circled the bases before the relay throws made it back to the plate. His other homer was a blast off Red Ruffing into the left field seats. Reynolds' White Sox defeated the Yanks 15-4. Despite Reynolds' slugging, the big news of the day as reported the New York Times was that Babe Ruth had torn a nail off his finger while scaling the outfield wall. On May 2, 2002, Mariners' outfielder Mike Cameron duplicated the feat, hitting three homers in the first three innings, in fact two of them came in the first inning. Cameron also homered in the fifth inning as he became the 13th player to slug four home runs in a major league game.

Notes

In 1934, Reynolds hit safely in the first 17 games of the season for his new team, the Boston Red Sox. During the off-season, he had been pursued aggressively by both the Yankees and Red Sox, but Boston grabbed him, sending Ivy Andrews, Smead Jolley, and cash to the Browns for the outfielder.

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