Card 7/8 Paul Derringer and Bucky Walters

Paul Derringer is the Reds all time winningest right-handed pitcher with 161 career victories for the team. He peaked at 25-7 for the 1939 club that won the NL pennant. He won 223 games on his career and was an exceptional control pitcher, walking less than two batters per nine innings pitched. This particular card does not show him at his best and is perhaps the worst photo in a set that has very few good ones.  Derringer was a member of the first Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame class.

Bucky Walters came up with the Braves as a third baseman but would become a top-notch pitcher who helped the Reds to back-to-back pennants in 1939 and 1940. He was the 1939 MVP, winning the pitching triple crown by leading the league in victories (27),  ERA (2.29), and strikeouts (137, tied with Claude Passeau). He was a 6-time All Star pitcher but never lost his touch with the bat and was sometimes called on to pinch hit.

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