1912 Cincinnati Reds season

1912 Cincinnati Reds
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Owner(s) Garry Herrmann
Manager(s) Hank O'Day
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The 1912 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fourth in the National League with a record of 75–78, 29 games behind the New York Giants. This was the inaugural year of the Reds' new stadium, Redland Field, later known as Crosley Field.


The Reds moved into a new stadium beginning in the 1912 season, as the club moved from the Palace of the Fans to Redland Field. The new stadium had a seating capacity of 20,696, which was up from the 12,000 capacity at Palace of the Fans.

Cincinnati replaced their manager Clark Griffith, following a disappointing 1911 season, and replaced him with Hank O'Day. O'Day, a former pitcher from 1884-1890, had a 73-110 record and a 3.74 ERA in his career. O'Day was also a former umpire, and notably was behind the plate in the first ever World Series game in 1903. He did not have any previous managerial experience.

The Reds sold shortstop Tom Downey to the Philadelphia Phillies on December 29. Cincinnati shifted third baseman Eddie Grant to shortstop, where he split playing time with Jimmy Esmond, as the club named Art Phelan their new third baseman. Phelan, only 23 years old, saw limited action with Cincinnati in 1910, before spending the 1911 season in the minors.

Regular season

Cincinnati had a tough season offensively, as the club ranked last in batting average (.256), on base percentage (.323), hits (1310), doubles (183) and home runs (21). First baseman Dick Hoblitzell hit .294 and had 85 RBI, however, his home run total dropped from eleven in 1911 to only two in 1912. Outfielder Armando Marsans led the Reds with a .317 batting average, while hitting one home run and 38 RBI in 110 games. Outfielder Bob Bescher led the National League in stolen bases with 67, and he had a .281 batting average with four home runs and 38 RBI, and scored 120 runs. Outfielder Mike Mitchell batted .283 with four home runs and 78 RBI in 147 games.

The pitching rotation was led by Rube Benton, as in his first full season as a starting pitcher, he appeared in a National League high 50 games, starting 39 of them. Benton had a record of 18-20 with a 3.10 ERA while pitching 302 innings, striking out 162 batters and had 22 complete games. George Suggs led Cincinnati in wins, as he was 19-16 with a 2.94 ERA in 42 games, pitching 303 innings and recording a team high 25 complete games. Art Fromme finished the year with a 16-18 record in 43 games, throwing 296 innings and 23 complete games, while having a team best 2.74 ERA.

Season Summary

The club got off to a surprising start of the season, as Cincinnati had a 22-6 record in their first 28 games, leading the National League by 1.5 games over the New York Giants. The Reds lost 10 of their next 11 games to fall out of first place, and could never recover. Cincinnati would eventually fall under .500, and finished the season with a 75-78 record, an improvement of five games over 1911, but finished 29 games behind the New York Giants for the pennant.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Giants 10348 0.682 49–25 54–23
Pittsburgh Pirates 9358 0.616 10 44–31 49–27
Chicago Cubs 9159 0.607 11½ 46–30 45–29
Cincinnati Reds 7578 0.490 29 45–32 30–46
Philadelphia Phillies 7379 0.480 30½ 34–41 39–38
St. Louis Cardinals 6390 0.412 41 37–40 26–50
Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers 5895 0.379 46 33–43 25–52
Boston Braves 52101 0.340 52 31–47 21–54

Record vs. opponents

1912 National League Records

Boston 9–135–1711–113–18–110–124–18–110–12
Brooklyn 13–95–176–166–169–138–1411–10
Chicago 17–517–511–10–113–9–110–108–1315–7
Cincinnati 11–1116–610–11–16–16–18–1411–1113–9
New York 18–3–116–69–13–116–6–117–512–815–7
Philadelphia 12–1013–910–1014–85–178–1411–11
Pittsburgh 18–4–114–813–811–118–1214–815–7
St. Louis 12–1010–117–159–137–1511–117–15


1912 Cincinnati Reds
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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
2BDick Egan149507125.247052

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


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
Rube Benton5030218203.10162

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
Frank Harter629.1123.0712
Frank Smith722.2116.355
Jim Bagby517.1213.1210

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
Bill Cramer10000.002
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