1871 Rockford Forest Citys season

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1871 Rockford Forest Citys
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Manager(s) Scott Hastings
     

The Rockford Forest Citys played their first and only season in 1871 as a charter member of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players. They finished ninth in the league with a record of 4-21. They folded after the season.

Regular season[edit]

Cabinet card of the 1871 Rockford Forest Citys

Rockford finished with 4 wins and 21 losses, 15½ games behind the champion Philadelphia Athletics club and good for last place. Player-manager Scott Hastings was found to have violated the "60 day rule" implemented by the league -- if a player switched teams during the season, the team had to bench him for 60 days before he could play. Hastings had jumped from a Louisiana team to the Forest Citys in the spring and immediately begun playing for Rockford. This complaint was brought before the league, and the Forest Citys were forced to forfeit 4 of their wins.

The star of the team was Cap Anson, who hit .325 for the Forest Citys and would go on to become the player-manager of the Chicago White Stockings for over 20 seasons. Anson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1939.

Season standings[edit]

National Association W L GB Pct.
Philadelphia Athletics 21 7 -- .750
Chicago White Stockings 19 9 2.0 .679
Boston Red Stockings 20 10 2.0 .667
Washington Olympics 15 15 7.0 .500
New York Mutuals 16 17 7.5 .485
Troy Haymakers 13 15 8.0 .464
Fort Wayne Kekiongas 7 12 9.5 .368
Cleveland Forest Citys 10 19 11.5 .345
Rockford Forest Citys 4 21 15.5 .160

Roster[edit]

1871 Rockford Forest Citys
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

Starters by position[edit]

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
C Hastings, ScottScott Hastings 25 118 30 .254 0 20
1B Mack, DennyDenny Mack 25 122 30 .246 0 17
2B Addy, BobBob Addy 25 118 32 .271 0 13
SS Fulmer, ChickChick Fulmer 16 63 17 .270 0 3
3B Anson, CapCap Anson 25 120 39 .325 0 16
OF Bird, GeorgeGeorge Bird 25 106 28 .264 0 13
OF Ham, RalphRalph Ham 25 113 28 .248 0 12
OF Stires, GatGat Stires 25 110 30 .273 2 24

Other batters[edit]

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
Sager, PonyPony Sager 8 39 11 .282 0 5
Barker, AlAl Barker 1 4 1 .250 0 2

Pitching[edit]

Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Fisher, CherokeeCherokee Fisher 24 213 4 16 4.35 15

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mack, DennyDenny Mack 3 13 0 1 3.46 1

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