1976 Cincinnati Reds season

1976 Cincinnati Reds
1976 World Series Champions
1976 National League Champions
1976 NL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Louis Nippert
General manager(s) Bob Howsam
Manager(s) Sparky Anderson
Local television WLWT
(Ken Coleman, Bill Brown)
Local radio WLW
(Marty Brennaman, Joe Nuxhall)
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The 1976 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The Reds entered the season as the reigning world champs. The Reds dominated the league all season, and won their second consecutive National League West title with a record of 102–60, best record in MLB and finished 10 games ahead of the runner-up Los Angeles Dodgers. They went on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1976 National League Championship Series in three straight games, and then win their second consecutive World Series title in four straight games over the New York Yankees. They were the third and most recent National League team to achieve this distinction, and the first since the 192122 New York Giants. The Reds drew 2,629,708 fans to their home games at Riverfront Stadium, an all-time franchise attendance record. [1] The Reds went 49–32 at home and 53–28 on the road in 1976. The 76 Reds are considered by many as one of the greatest baseball teams ever to play. The Reds scored 857 runs in 1976, easily the most in the league that season. Their +224 run differential was also the best in the league in 1976. As of 2017, the Reds are the only team in baseball history to sweep through an entire postseason since the addition of divisions. The Reds went 7–0 in postseason play in 1976.


Regular season

Season summary

The "Big Red Machine" was at the height of its power in the 1976 season, with four future Hall-of-Famers (Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tony Pérez, and manager Sparky Anderson), the future MLB all-time hits leader Pete Rose, and a notable supporting line up including Dave Concepción at shortstop, and Ken Griffey, César Gerónimo, and George Foster in the outfield.

The Reds retained their NL pennant by winning the NLCS in three games over the Phillies, and their second consecutive World Series title by defeating the Yankees in four games, becoming only the second team to sweep a World Series from the Yankees (following the 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers). By sweeping both the Phillies and Yankees, the Reds became the first and only team to have a perfect postseason since the League Championship Series was started in 1969. Joe Morgan was the NL's Most Valuable Player for the second straight season and Johnny Bench was the World Series MVP.

To celebrate the National League's 100th anniversary, the Reds and several other teams adopted pillbox-style caps.

Season standings

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 10260 0.630 49–32 53–28
Los Angeles Dodgers 9270 0.568 10 49–32 43–38
Houston Astros 8082 0.494 22 46–36 34–46
San Francisco Giants 7488 0.457 28 40–41 34–47
San Diego Padres 7389 0.451 29 42–38 31–51
Atlanta Braves 7092 0.432 32 34–47 36–45

Record vs. opponents

1976 National League Records

Atlanta 6–66–127–118–108–44–85–73–910–89–94–8
Chicago 6–63–95–73–911–75–138–108–106–68–412–6
Cincinnati 12–69–312–613–59–36–65–78–413–59–96–6
Houston 11–77–56–125–1310–26–64–82–1010–810–89–3
Los Angeles 10–89–35–1313–510–27–55–79–36–128–1010–2
Montreal 4–87–113–92–102–108–103–158–104–87–57–11
New York 8–413–56–66–65–710–85–1310–87–57–59–9
Philadelphia 7-510–87–58–47–515–313–58–108–46–612–6
Pittsburgh 9–310–84–810–23–910–88–1010–87–59–312–6
San Diego 8–106–65–138–1012–68–45–74–85–78–104–8
San Francisco 9–94–89–98–1010–85–75–76–63–910–85–7
St. Louis 8–46–126–63–92–1011–79–96–126–128–47–5

Notable transactions


1976 Cincinnati Reds
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Game Log

Game Log

Player stats

=Indicates team leader


Starters by position

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

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
CJohnny Bench13546562109.234167413
1BTony Pérez13952777137.260199110
2BJoe Morgan141472113151.3202711160
3BPete Rose162665130215.32310639
SSDave Concepción15257674162.28196921
LFGeorge Foster14456286172.3062912117
CFCésar Gerónimo14948659149.30724922
RFKen Griffey148562111189.33667434


Other batters

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

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Dan Driessen982193254.24774414
Doug Flynn932192062.2831202
Mike Lum841361531.2283200
Bob Bailey691241737.2986230
Bill Plummer561531638.2484190
Joel Youngblood5557811.193011
Don Werner3402.500010


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
Gary Nolan34239.11593.46113
Pat Zachry382041472.74143
Fred Norman33180.11273.10126
Jack Billingham3417712104.3276
Santo Alcalá301321144.7067
Don Gullett231261133.0064

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
Pat Darcy1139236.2315

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
Rawly Eastwick71115262.0970
Pedro Borbón694383.3553
Manny Sarmiento225102.0620
Rich Hinton121207.648
Joe Henderson42000.007



Game 1

October 9, Veterans Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 001 002 030 6100
Philadelphia 100 000 002 361
W: Don Gullett (1–0)  L: Steve Carlton (0–1)   SV: None
HRs: CINGeorge Foster (1)   PHI – None

Reds starter Don Gullett held the Phils to two hits in eight strong innings and helped his own cause with an RBI single in the sixth and a two-run double in the eighth. George Foster added a solo homer.

Game 2

October 10, Veterans Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 000 004 200 660
Philadelphia 010 010 000 2101
W: Pat Zachry (1–0)  L: Jim Lonborg (0–1)   SV: Pedro Borbón (1)
HRs: CIN – None   PHIGreg Luzinski (1)

Game 3

October 12, Riverfront Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 000 100 221 6110
Cincinnati 000 000 403 792
W: Rawly Eastwick (1–0)  L: Gene Garber (0–1)   SV: None
HRs: CINGeorge Foster (2)   Johnny Bench (1)   PHI – None

1976 World Series


NL Cincinnati Reds (4) vs. AL New York Yankees (0)

Game Road Home Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1YankeesReds5–1Sat. Oct 16 (D)Riverfront Stadium54,8262:10
2YankeesReds4–3Sun. Oct 17 (N)Riverfront Stadium54,8162:33
3RedsYankees6–2Tue. Oct 19 (N)Yankee Stadium56,6672:40
4RedsYankees7–2Thu. Oct 21 (N)Yankee Stadium56,7002:36

Awards and honors

1976 Major League Baseball All-Star Game


Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians American Association Jim Snyder
AA Trois-Rivières Aigles Eastern League Roy Majtyka
A Tampa Tarpons Florida State League Ron Brand
A-Short Season Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Greg Riddoch
Rookie Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Jim Hoff


  1. "Cincinnati Reds Attendance Records". Baseball Almanac.
  2. Joaquín Andújar at Baseball Reference
  3. Rich Hinton at Baseball Reference
  4. Merv Rettenmund at Baseball Reference
  5. "1976 Cincinnati Reds Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  6. "1976 All-Star Game". Baseball-almanac.com. July 13, 1976. Retrieved June 8, 2012.


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