1896 Cincinnati Reds season

1896 Cincinnati Reds
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Owner(s) John T. Brush
Manager(s) Buck Ewing
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The 1896 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished in third place in the National League with a record of 77–50, 12 games behind the Baltimore Orioles.

Regular season

After a late season collapse by the Reds in 1895, in which the team won only fourteen of their last thirty-nine games to fall completely out of the pennant race to an eighth-place finish, the club began to make changes to get younger players.

Buck Ewing returned as player-manager, and the team made a big trade, as Arlie Latham, Ed McFarland, Morgan Murphy and Tom Parrott were traded from Cincinnati to the St. Louis Browns for Red Ehret and Heinie Peitz. Ehret struggled in 1895, with a 6–19 record and a 6.02 ERA. His best season came in 1890 with the Louisville Colonels of the American Association, when Ehret was 25–14 with a 2.53 ERA in 43 games. Ehret also led the National League in shutouts with four during the 1893 season with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Peitz hit .284 with two home runs and 65 RBI with the Browns in 1895.

The Reds also acquired Charlie Irwin from the Chicago Colts to play third base. Irwin missed most of the 1895 season, but in 1894 he batted .296 with eight home runs and 100 RBI with Chicago.

Offensively, Eddie Burke led the team with a .340 batting average and 120 runs scored, as well as hitting a homer and 52 RBI. Dummy Hoy also scored 120 runs, as he hit .298 with a team tying high four home runs and 57 RBI. Dusty Miller had a club high .321 average, 93 RBI and 76 stolen bases, as well as tying Hoy with four home runs. Bid McPhee had another solid season, as he hit .305 with a homer and 87 RBI while stealing 48 bases.

Frank Dwyer led the pitching staff with a 24–11 record and a 3.15 ERA in 36 games, 34 of them starts. Ehret went 18–14 with a 3.42 ERA in his first season with the Reds, which marked a big improvement over his horrible 1895 season with the Browns. Billy Rhines led the league with a 2.45 ERA, however, he missed some time due to injuries and finished the year with a record of 8–6 in 19 games.

Season summary

After starting the year with a 9–7 record and in fifth place, Cincinnati posted ten wins in their next twelve games to improve to 19–9, and sit in first place in the National League. The Reds slipped out of first place with a 3–5 record in their next eight games, and continued to slump to a 27–20 record, fourth in the league. Cincinnati then rebounded, going 14–2 in their next sixteen games to push their record to 41–22, and be in a first place tie with the Baltimore Orioles. The club stayed hot, going 12–2 in their next fourteen games to push their record to 53–24, and take over first place by themselves, three games up on the Orioles. Cincinnati then went 8–2 in their next ten games, and pushed their first place lead to five games over Baltimore, and a 34–6 record in their last forty games. Despite a solid 8–5 record in their next thirteen games, Cincinnati saw their five-game lead evaporate to only a half game over the red hot Orioles. As the season was coming to a close, the Reds completely fell out of the pennant race, as they lost eleven games in a row and would eventually finish in third place with a 77–50 record, 12.5 games behind Baltimore.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 9039 0.698 49–16 41–23
Cleveland Spiders 8048 0.625 43–19 37–29
Cincinnati Reds 7750 0.606 12 51–15 26–35
Boston Beaneaters 7457 0.565 17 42–24 32–33
Chicago Colts 7157 0.555 18½ 42–24 29–33
Pittsburgh Pirates 6663 0.512 24 35–31 31–32
New York Giants 6467 0.489 27 39–26 25–41
Philadelphia Phillies 6268 0.477 28½ 42–27 20–41
Washington Senators 5873 0.443 33 38–29 20–44
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 5873 0.443 33 35–28 23–45
St. Louis Browns 4090 0.308 50½ 27–34 13–56
Louisville Colonels 3893 0.290 53 25–37 13–56

Record vs. opponents

1896 National League Records

Baltimore 5–76–67–4–210–23–8–110–29–312–09–29–310–2
Boston 7–510–23–95–65–7–18–47–57–57–58–47–5
Brooklyn 6–62–106–62–105–78–44–88–46–5–17–54–8–1
Chicago 4–7–29–36–64–6–12–9–19–35–74–811–19–38–4
Cincinnati 2–106–510–26–4–16–59–36–68–45–712–07–4
Cleveland 8–3–17–5–15–79–2–15–68–3–27–56–64–8–110–29–3–1
Louisville 2–104–84–83–93–93–8–24–8–17–52–103–93–9
New York 3–95–78–47–56–65–78–4–13–84–89–3–16–6
Philadelphia 0–125–74–88–44–86–65–78–36–68–38–4
Pittsburgh 2–95–75–6–11–117–58–4–110–28–46–68–36–6
St. Louis 3–94–85–73–90–122–109–33–9–13–83–85–7
Washington 2–105–78–4–14–84–73–9–19–36–64–86–65–7


1896 Cincinnati Reds
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager

Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
1BBuck Ewing6926373.278138
OFEddie Burke122521177.340152
OFDusty Miller125504162.321493

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Bug Holliday298427.32108


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Frank Dwyer36288.224113.1557
Red Ehret34276.218143.4260

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Wiley Davis21108.311
Bug Holliday10000.000


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