1920 Cincinnati Reds season

1920 Cincinnati Reds
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Owner(s) Garry Herrmann
Manager(s) Pat Moran
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The 1920 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished third in the National League with a record of 82–71, 10½ games behind the Brooklyn Robins.


Following a very successful 1919 season, in which the Reds won the National League pennant and then defeated the Chicago White Sox in the 1919 World Series, the team had a very quiet off-season, with no notable transactions. After winning 96 games in 1919, expectations were high in Cincinnati that the club would contend for the pennant again in 1920.

Regular season

Cincinnati started off the season strong, sweeping the Chicago Cubs in a three-game series to begin the season, and after 12 games, the club was in first place with a solid 9-3 record. The team ran into a bit of trouble throughout the month of May, going 10-12 over a 22-game span to drop their overall record to 19-15, as the Reds were battling the Pittsburgh Pirates, Chicago Cubs and Brooklyn Robins for first place.

The Reds remained in the hunt for the pennant throughout the month of June, and on June 30, the club had a 35-26 record, and a three-game lead over the second place Robins and Cubs. Throughout the summer and into September, the Reds, Robins and Cubs continued to battle in the pennant race, with Cincinnati holding a 1.5 game lead over Brooklyn after sweeping the St. Louis Cardinals in a double header on Labor Day. On September 5, the Reds lost starting pitcher Slim Sallee to the New York Giants on waivers.

Cincinnati struggled over their last 25 games of the season, earning a record of 8-17, and fell completely out of the pennant race. On October 2, the Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates played in the last tripleheader of the 20th century held at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, with the Reds winning two of the games.

Overall, Cincinnati finished the season with a record of 82-71, placing in third in the National League, 10.5 games behind the Brooklyn Robins. This marked the fourth consecutive season the team finished with a winning record.

Outfielder Edd Roush had another excellent season, leading the Reds with a .339 batting average, four home runs, 90 RBI and 36 stolen bases in 149 games. First baseman Jake Daubert batted .304 with four home runs and 48 RBI in 142 games. Third baseman Heinie Groh hit .298 with 49 RBI in 145 games, while outfielder Pat Duncan had a solid .295 batting average with two home runs and 83 RBi in 154 games.

On the mound, Jimmy Ring led the pitching staff, as he finished with a 17-16 record with a 3.54 ERA in 42 games played. Ring led the club with 266.2 innings pitched. Dutch Ruether had another solid season, earning a record of 16-12 with a team best 2.47 ERA in 265.1 innings pitched over 37 games. Ruether also led the Reds with 23 complete games and 99 strikeouts.

Despite failing to qualify for the World Series, the Reds set a team record for attendance for the second consecutive season, with 568,107 fans attending games, an increase of over 30,000 fans over the 1919 season.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Robins 9361 0.604 49–29 44–32
New York Giants 8668 0.558 7 45–35 41–33
Cincinnati Reds 8271 0.536 10½ 42–34 40–37
Pittsburgh Pirates 7975 0.513 14 42–35 37–40
St. Louis Cardinals 7579 0.487 18 38–38 37–41
Chicago Cubs 7579 0.487 18 43–34 32–45
Boston Braves 6290 0.408 30 36–37 26–53
Philadelphia Phillies 6291 0.405 30½ 32–45 30–46

Record vs. opponents

1920 National League Records

Boston 8–14–17–159–1210–1210–117–1511–11
Brooklyn 14–8–113–910–1215–714–812–1015–7
Chicago 15–79–139–137–1514–811–1110–12
Cincinnati 12–912–1013–96–16–114–812–1013–9
New York 12–107–1515–716–6–112–1013–911–11
Philadelphia 11–108–148–148–1410–129–138–14
Pittsburgh 15–710–1211–1110–129–1313–911–11–1
St. Louis 11–117–1512–109–1311–1114–811–11–1


1920 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
OFPat Duncan154576170.295283

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
Sam Crane5414431.21509


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

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
Buddy Napier949421.2917
Rube Bressler1020.1201.774
Lynn Brenton518.1214.9113

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



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