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Cincinnati Reds (1876–79)

The Cincinnati Reds, also known as the Cincinnati Red Stockings, were a professional baseball team based in Cincinnati, Ohio that played from 1875–1879. The club predated the National League of which it became a charter member.

Cincinnati Reds
(Cincinnati Red Stockings)
Established 1875
Based in Cincinnati, Ohio
Team colors

Red, white, black

  • Josiah "Si" Keck (1876-1879)
  • John Joyce (1875)
Major league titles
  • National League pennants: 0


John Joyce, who was an organizer of the Red Stockings club dismantled in 1870, reformed the club through a new company in 1875. Two players from the 1870 season returned as part of a new professional nine which played local amateur clubs.[1] Joyce then sold the Reds to wealthy Cincinnati meat packer Josiah "Si" Keck during the winter. When the National League was formed on February 2, 1876 at the Grand Central Hotel in New York City, eight cities were selected to compete in the new major league: St. Louis, Hartford, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston and Keck's Cincinnati club.[2]

The Reds began the 1876 season at Avenue Grounds. They were managed by player/manager Charlie Gould, and outfielder Charley Jones led the Cincinnati offense with 4 home runs and 38 runs batted in. The 1876 team finished a dismal 9-56, last in the new eight-team National League. In 1877, helmed by the managing trio of Lip Pike, Bob Addy, and Jack Manning, the Reds finished 6th in the National League. Pike, the second baseman, led the team with 4 home runs and rookie pitcher Bobby Mitchell led the team with 41 strikeouts.

In the 1878 season, player/manager Cal McVey piloted Cincinnati to second place in the league. Charley Jones led the team with 3 homers and Will White led the team with 169 strikeouts. Sharing the managing duties, catcher Deacon White and McVey managed the team to 5th place. Starting pitcher Will White hurled 232 strikeouts. Baseball Hall of Fame member King Kelly played on the 1878 and '79 Reds.

Following the 1879 season, the club was disbanded. Justus Thorner, owner of the semi-professional Cincinnati Stars, purchased a new National League franchise and moved his club into the vacant spot left by the Reds.

Year-by-year recordsEdit

Season Manager Games W L T WP PL GB
1876 Charlie Gould   65 9 56 0 .138 8th 42.5
1877 Lip Pike, Bob Addy & Jack Manning   58 15 42 1 .263 6th 25.5
1878 Cal McVey   61 37 23 1 .617 2nd 4.0
1879 Cal McVey & Deacon White   81 43 37 1 .538 5th 14.0

Baseball Hall of FamersEdit


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-23. Retrieved 2012-06-01.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Eds.,. "History of Cincinnati Baseball". Society for Cincinnati Baseball Research. Archived from the original on July 23, 2012. Retrieved June 1, 2012.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)

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