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Seattle president Charles Lockard sent a letter to Reds president Garry Herrmann offering Lucas to the Reds.

" ... is one of the sensations of the Pacific Coast League," the letter said in part. "Not only is he a good pitcher having won five and lost one to date, but also (is) an in(fielder) or outfielder. He is known as the Frank Merriwell of this league having a batting average of over 500 percent in games participated in. Only last week he went to bat as a pinch hitter on three different occasions against San Francisco and hit a home run on each trip, one with the bases loaded and again with two men on. He is a great hustler and will make good on any major league club. ... "

The Reds sent a scout to look at Lucas. When the season was over, the Reds worked out a deal with the Seattle team.

Lucas played in Cincinnati, beginning in 1926, for eight years. In 1933, he was dealt to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Adam Comorosky. Lucas finished up his major league career after the 1938 campaign, but not until he made the Reds regret they had ever peddled him. He beat Cincinnati 14 straight times as a member of the Pirates.



Charles "Red" Lucas was one of the best hitting pitchers ever to play baseball. This 1926 photo captured his usual broad smile.




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