1956 Cincinnati Redlegs season

1956 Cincinnati Redlegs
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Powel Crosley, Jr.
General manager(s) Gabe Paul
Manager(s) Birdie Tebbetts
Local television WLWT
(Mark Scott, George Bryson)
Local radio WSAI
(Waite Hoyt, Jack Moran)
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The 1956 Cincinnati Redlegs season consisted of the Redlegs finishing in third place in the National League with a record of 91–63, two games behind the NL Champion Brooklyn Dodgers. The Redlegs were managed by Birdie Tebbetts and played their home games at Crosley Field.


Regular season

The Redlegs were in first place at mid-season and stayed in the pennant race until the last day of the season, ending up with a 91–63 record, two games behind the Brooklyn Dodgers.[4] For his efforts, the Baseball Writers' Association of America voted Birdie Tebbetts as the 1956 Manager of the Year.[5]

The 1956 Redlegs tied the National League and MLB record for home runs in a season, hitting 221 over a 155 regular-season games. (The 1947 Giants also slugged 221 in 155 games played.) Three Redlegs hit more than 35 homers, with Frank Robinson (38) establishing a record for rookies; Wally Post (36) and Ted Kluszewski (35) were the others. Gus Bell (29) and Ed Bailey (28) came within reach of the 30-home-run mark, Bailey in only 383 at bats. The mark stood until 1961, when the New York Yankees hit 240 homers in the first year of the modern 162-game schedule.

On Sunday, June 24, following a doubleheader sweep of the Brooklyn Dodgers,[6] eleven Redlegs players appeared on the panel quiz show What's My Line?.[7]

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Dodgers 9361 0.604 52–25 41–36
Milwaukee Braves 9262 0.597 1 47–29 45–33
Cincinnati Redlegs 9163 0.591 2 51–26 40–37
St. Louis Cardinals 7678 0.494 17 43–34 33–44
Philadelphia Phillies 7183 0.461 22 40–37 31–46
New York Giants 6787 0.435 26 37–40 30–47
Pittsburgh Pirates 6688 0.429 27 35–43 31–45
Chicago Cubs 6094 0.390 33 39–38 21–56

Record vs. opponents

1956 National League Records

Brooklyn 16–611–1110–1214–813–913–916–6
Chicago 6–166–16–19–137–1513–910–12–19–13–1
Cincinnati 11–1116–6–19–1314–811–1117–513–9
Milwaukee 12–1013–913–917–510–1214–8–113–9
New York 8–1415–78–145–1711–1113–97–15
Philadelphia 9–139–1311–1112–1011–117–1512–10
Pittsburgh 9–1312–10–15–178–14–19–1315–78–14–1
St. Louis 6–1613–9–19–139–1315–710–1214–8–1

Notable transactions


1956 Cincinnati Redlegs
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



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

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
Joe Frazier10174.23512


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
Brooks Lawrence49218.219103.9996
Hal Jeffcoat38171823.8455
Tom Acker2983.2432.3754

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
Joe Black323224.5227
Bill Kennedy100018.000

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
Open Seattle Rainiers Pacific Coast League Luke Sewell and Bill Brenner
AAA Havana Sugar Kings International League Reggie Otero and Nap Reyes
AA Nashville Vols Southern Association Ernie White
A Savannah Redlegs Sally League Jimmy Brown
B High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms Carolina League Bert Haas
B Clovis Pioneers Southwestern League Frank Benites, Glenn McQuillen
and Roy Parker
C Yuma Sun Sox Arizona–Mexico League Whitey Wietelmann and Bill Harris
C Wausau Lumberjacks Northern League John Streza
D West Palm Beach Sun Chiefs Florida State League Walt Novick
D Douglas Reds Georgia State League Johnny Vander Meer
D Moultrie Reds Georgia–Florida League Bob Wellman



  1. Hobie Landrith at Baseball-Reference
  2. Jackie Collum at Baseball-Reference
  3. Joe Azcue at Baseball-Reference
  4. "1956 Cincinnati Redlegs Schedule, Box Scores and Splits". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 29, 2011.
  5. "Birdie Tebbetts Manager Of Year". Eugene Register-Guard. Associated Press. October 24, 1956. p. 16. Retrieved June 28, 2011.
  6. "1956 Cincinnati Redlegs: Schedule and Results". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  7. "Cincinnati Reds, Bob and Linda Hope, Paul Winchell". What's My Line?. Series 316. 24 June 1956. Retrieved 2 Oct 2016.
  8. Jim Pearce at Baseball-Reference
  9. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007
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