1878 Cincinnati Reds season

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1878 Cincinnati Reds
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Manager(s) Cal McVey
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The 1878 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished second in the National League with a record of 37–23, four games behind the Boston Red Caps.

Regular season[edit]

After finishing their first two seasons in the National League in last place, the Reds were hoping for some improvement in the 1878 season. Cincinnati signed Cal McVey of the Chicago White Stockings to become the teams new third baseman, and new manager. Catcher Deacon White of the Boston Red Caps signed with Cincinnati. White led the National League with a .387 batting average, 103 hits, eleven triples, 49 RBI, and a .545 slugging percentage with the Red Caps in 1877. White also led the National League with 60 RBI while playing for the White Stockings in 1876. On the mound, 23 year old Will White was signed by the Reds. White appeared in three games with the Boston Red Caps in 1877, going 2–1 with a 3.00 ERA.

Charley Jones had another very solid season with the Reds, as he had a .310 batting average, along with a team high three home runs and 39 RBI. White saw his production slip, however, he still hit .314 with 29 RBI. Player-manager McVey was solid with a .306 average and two home runs along with 28 RBI. Rookie King Kelly hit .283 with 27 RBI. White had a spectacular season, going 30–21 with a 1.79 ERA in 468 innings pitched.

Season summary[edit]

The Reds opened the season with a six-game winning streak, and stayed hot in their first twenty games, going 15–5, and were sitting in first place in the National League. Cincinnati then went on a six-game losing streak, falling to 15–11, and out of first place. The Reds never reclaimed first place; however, they finished the season strong, including a nine-game winning streak late in the year, to finish in second place with a 37–23 record, five games behind the first place Boston Red Caps.

Season standings[edit]

National League W L GB Pct.
Boston Red Caps 41 19 -- .683
Cincinnati Reds 37 23 4 .617
Providence Grays 33 27 8 .550
Chicago White Stockings 30 30 11 .500
Indianapolis Blues 24 36 17 .400
Milwaukee Grays 15 45 26 .250

Roster[edit]

1878 Cincinnati Reds
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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 White, DeaconDeacon White 61 258 81 .314 0 29
1B Sullivan, ChubChub Sullivan 61 244 63 .258 0 20
2B Gerhardt, JoeJoe Gerhardt 60 259 77 .297 0 28
3B McVey, CalCal McVey 61 271 83 .306 2 28
SS Geer, BillyBilly Geer 61 237 52 .219 0 20
OF Jones, CharleyCharley Jones 61 261 81 .310 3 39
OF Kelly, KingKing Kelly 60 237 67 .283 0 27
OF Pike, LipLip Pike 31 145 47 .324 0 11

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
Dickerson, ButtercupButtercup Dickerson 29 123 38 .309 0 9

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
White, WillWill White 52 468 30 21 1.79 169
Mitchell, BobbyBobby Mitchell 9 80 7 2 2.14 51

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