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This Date in Washington Senators History
We start a new month by going “1 for 1” with 1 birthday to report this February 1st…
Carl Nettles Reynolds B Feb. 1, 1903 D May 29, 1978
Arriving on the major league scene with the Chicago White Sox in September of 1927, outfielder Carl Reynolds would play for 13 seasons with 5 different teams, including 2 separate stints with the Washington Senators.
Playing in 14 games in 1927, Reynolds would hit .214 with 1 home run. Returning with the White Sox in 1928, Reynolds would up his batting average by 109 points, hitting .323 in 84 games. He’d be a regular in the Sox’ lineup the next few seasons, hitting an outstanding .359 in 1930.
After the 1931 season, Reynolds, along with John Kerr were traded to the Senators for Jackie Hayes, Bump Hadley and Sam Jones. Reynolds would make it into 102 games with the Senators in 1932, hitting .305.
After the 1932 season Reynolds would be on the move again, this time headed for the St. Louis Browns, along with Lloyd Brown, Sam West and that always rare commodity for the Browns, cash, in exchange for Goose Goslin, Fred Schulte and Lefty Stewart.
Reynolds would spend just 1 season in St. Louis, playing in 135 games, hitting .286, when he was on the move again, this time headed for the Boston Red Sox where he’d play in 1934 and 1935.
After the 1935 season, Reynolds would be headed back to Washington, along with Roy Johnson in exchange for Heinie Manush. In his second stint in a Senators uniform for the 1936 season, Reynolds would hit .276 in 89 games.
Reynolds must never have felt very welcome in Washington as he’d be traded again before the start of the 1937 season, this time to the Minneapolis Millers of the American Association, along with Red Kress and cash in exchange for Jimmy Wasdell.
Reynolds would spend most of 1937 in the minors but would be picked up by the Chicago Cubs late in the season, appearing in 7 games.
1938 would see Reynolds playing in 125 games for the Cubs, hitting .302 and making his only post season appearance in the 1938 World Series. Unfortunately, Reynolds would be handcuffed by New York pitchers, going 0-12 as the Cubs were swept by the powerful Yankees.
Reynolds would play 1 final season with the Cubs, hitting .246 in 88 games, his career coming to an end with the close of the 1939 season.