1926 Cincinnati Reds season

1926 Cincinnati Reds
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Owner(s) Garry Herrmann
Manager(s) Jack Hendricks
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The 1926 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished second in the National League with 87 wins and 67 losses, 2 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals.


On January 15, 1926, the Reds purchased first baseman Wally Pipp from the New York Yankees for $7,500. Pipp, who would turn 32 years old before the season, played in only 62 games with the Yankees in 1925, batting .230 with three home runs and 24 RBI. Pipp played with the Yankees from 1915-1925, leading the American League in home runs in 1916 and 1917. Pipp appeared in three World Series with the Yankees from 1921-1923, helping the team win the 1923 championship. In his last full season with New York in 1924, Pipp hit .295 with nine home runs and had a career high 110 RBI.

In February, the Reds made another purchase, as they acquired catcher Val Picinich from the Boston Red Sox. Picinich batted .255 with one home run and 25 RBI in 90 games for Boston during 1925. Picinich also played for the Philadelphia Athletics and Washington Senators during his career.

Regular season

Cincinnati got off to a hot start, winning 24 of their first 34 games, and on May 22, the club was in first place with a 3.5 game lead over the Chicago Cubs. The Reds slumped to a 5-11 record over their next 16 games, as the Pittsburgh Pirates caught Cincinnati and the two clubs were tied for first place. The Reds again got hot, winning 18 of their next 28 games to improve their record to 47-31 and held a 5.5 game lead over the second place Pirates.

A 7-12 slide by the Reds in their next 19 games dropped them to a 54-43 record and out of first place, as Cincinnati now trailed the Pirates by a game. In late-August, the Reds won 10 games in a row, and found themselves tied with Pittsburgh for first in the National League, with the surging St. Louis Cardinals in third place, only one game behind Cincinnati and Pittsburgh.

The Reds stayed in the pennant race throughout September, taking over first place briefly during the middle of the month, however, the Reds were unable to hold off the Cardinals, and finished in second place with a record of 87-67. The 87 wins was the Reds highest win total since the team won 91 games in 1923. The team also set a club record for attendance, as the team drew 672,987, which was over 100,000 more fans than the previous record that was set in 1920.

Catcher Bubbles Hargrave had a career season, as he hit .353 batting average, and adding six home runs and 62 RBI in 105 games. Hargrave finished fourth in National League MVP voting. First baseman Wally Pipp had an excellent first season with Cincinnati, hitting .299 with six home runs and 99 RBI in 155 games. Outfielder Edd Roush had another solid season, batting .323 with seven home runs and 79 RBI in 144 games. Rookie outfielder Cuckoo Christensen hit .350 with 41 RBI in 114 games, while outfielder Rube Bressler led Cincinnati with a .357 batting average, and hit one home run and 51 RBI in 86 games.

On the mound, Pete Donohue led the Reds in wins, as he earned a record of 20-14 with a 3.37 ERA while pitching a team high 285.2 innings in 47 games. Carl Mays had a great comeback season, as he had a record of 19-12 with a 3.14 ERA in 39 games and led the National League with 24 complete games.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 8965 0.578 47–30 42–35
Cincinnati Reds 8767 0.565 2 53–23 34–44
Pittsburgh Pirates 8469 0.549 49–28 35–41
Chicago Cubs 8272 0.532 7 49–28 33–44
New York Giants 7477 0.490 13½ 43–33 31–44
Brooklyn Robins 7182 0.464 17½ 38–38 33–44
Boston Braves 6686 0.434 22 43–34 23–52
Philadelphia Phillies 5893 0.384 29½ 33–42 25–51

Record vs. opponents

1926 National League Records

Boston 6–1512–1012–10–112–107–1510–117–15
Brooklyn 15–614–84–189–1313–99–13–27–15
Chicago 10–128–1413–9–114–816–610–1211–11
Cincinnati 10–12–118–49–13–17–1516–6–113–914–8
New York 10–1213–98–1415–712–76–1610–12
Philadelphia 15–79–136–166–16–17–128–147–15
Pittsburgh 11–1013–9–212–109–1316–614–89–13–2
St. Louis 15–715–711–118–1412–1015–713–9–2


1926 Cincinnati Reds
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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
CBubbles Hargrave105326115.353662
1BWally Pipp155574167.291699
OFEdd Roush144563182.323779

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
Jimmy Hudgens17205.25001
Ethan Allen18134.30800


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
Pete Donohue47285.220143.3773
Dolf Luque34233.213163.4383

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
Red Lucas39154853.6834

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
Pea Ridge Day40007.362
Mul Holland30001.350


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