1970 Cincinnati Reds season

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1970 Cincinnati Reds
1970 National League Champions
1970 NL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Other information
Owner(s) Francis Dale
General manager(s) Bob Howsam
Manager(s) Sparky Anderson
Local television WLW
(Ed Kennedy, Pee Wee Reese)
Local radio WLW
(Jim McIntyre, Joe Nuxhall)
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The 1970 Cincinnati Reds season consisted of the Reds winning the National League West title with a record of 102-60, 14½ games ahead of the runner-up Los Angeles Dodgers. The Reds defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in three straight games in the 1970 National League Championship Series to win their first National League pennant since 1961. The team then lost to the Baltimore Orioles in the 1970 World Series in five games.

The Reds were managed by first-year manager George "Sparky" Anderson and played their home games at Crosley Field during the first part of the year, before moving into the then-new Riverfront Stadium on June 30.

Offseason[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Buoyed by a lineup that included third baseman Tony Pérez, NL MVP catcher Johnny Bench, right fielder Pete Rose, center fielder Bobby Tolan and first baseman Lee May, the Reds got off to a 70-30 start. The Reds, who had been near the bottom of the NL in pitching in 1969, were aided by a young staff that included 18-game winner Gary Nolan (22), rookies Wayne Simpson (21) and Don Gullett (19), 20-game winner Jim Merritt (26) and record-setting reliever Wayne Granger, who appeared in a then-record 90 games in 1969.[8] Simpson, a hard-throwing former first-round draft pick, started the season 9-1 and earned an all-star berth. He was 14-3 before he suffered a season-ending arm injury with 30 games left.[citation needed]

Season standings[edit]

NL West W L GB Pct.
Cincinnati Reds 102 60 -- .630
Los Angeles Dodgers 87 73 14.5 .540
San Francisco Giants 86 76 16 .531
Houston Astros 79 83 23 .488
Atlanta Braves 76 86 26 .469
San Diego Padres 63 99 39 .389

Notable transactions[edit]

Riverfront Stadium[edit]

Riverfront Stadium was opened in 1970, and it was the home of the Cincinnati Reds National League baseball team and the Cincinnati Bengals National Football League team. Located on the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, the stadium was best known as the home of "The Big Red Machine", as the Reds were often called in the 1970s. Construction began on February 1, 1968 and was completed at a cost of less than $50 million. On June 30, 1970, the Reds hosted the Atlanta Braves in their grand opening, with Hank Aaron hitting the first ever home run at Riverfront. Two weeks later on July 14, Riverfront hosted the 1970 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. This game is most remembered for the often-replayed collision at home plate between the home-grown Pete Rose and catcher Ray Fosse of the Cleveland Indians.

Roster[edit]

1970 Cincinnati Reds
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

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 Bench, JohnnyJohnny Bench 158 605 177 .293 45 148
1B May, LeeLee May 153 605 153 .253 34 94
2B Helms, TommyTommy Helms 150 575 136 .237 1 45
3B Pérez, TonyTony Pérez 158 587 186 .317 40 129
SS Concepción, DaveDave Concepción 101 265 69 .260 1 19
LF Carbo, BernieBernie Carbo 125 365 113 .310 21 63
CF Tolan, BobbyBobby Tolan 152 589 186 .316 16 80
RF Rose, PetePete Rose 159 649 205 .316 15 52

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
Cline, TyTy Cline 48 63 17 .270 0 8

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
Nolan, GaryGary Nolan 37 250.2 18 7 3.27 181
Merritt, JimJim Merritt 35 234 20 12 4.08 136
McGlothlin, JimJim McGlothlin 35 210.2 14 10 3.59 97
Simpson, WayneWayne Simpson 26 176 14 3 3.02 119

Other 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
Cloninger, TonyTony Cloninger 30 148 9 7 3.83 56
Wilcox, MiltMilt Wilcox 5 22.1 3 1 2.42 13
Maloney, JimJim Maloney 7 16.2 0 1 11.34 7
Behney, MelMel Behney 5 10 0 2 4.50 2

Relief pitchers[edit]

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Granger, WayneWayne Granger 67 6 5 35 2.66 38
Carroll, ClayClay Carroll 65 9 4 16 2.59 63
Gullett, DonDon Gullett 44 5 2 6 2.43 76
Borbón, PedroPedro Borbón 12 0 2 0 6.75 6
Belinsky, BoBo Belinsky 3 0 0 0 4.50 6

Postseason[edit]

1970 National League Championship Series[edit]

Game One[edit]

October 3, Three Rivers Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 9 0
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
W: Gary Nolan (1-0)  L: Dock Ellis (0-1)  SV: Clay Carroll (1)
HRs: None

Game Two[edit]

October 4, Three Rivers Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 8 1
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 2
W: Jim Merritt (1-0)  L: Luke Walker (0-1)  SV: Don Gullett (1)
HRs: CINBobby Tolan (1)

Game Three[edit]

October 5, Riverfront Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 10 0
Cincinnati 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 3 5 0
W: Milt Wilcox (1-0)  L: Bob Moose (0-1)  SV: Don Gullett (2)
HRs: CINTony Pérez (1), Johnny Bench (1)

1970 World Series[edit]

Main article: 1970 World Series

After their win in the NLCS, additional injuries to Merritt and Granger caught up to the Reds against the Orioles. In three of their losses, the Reds had leads of 3-0, 4-0 and 3-0. The Reds' only win came in Game 4 on a Lee May 3-run home run in the eighth inning.

1970 World Series (4-1): Baltimore Orioles (A.L.) over Cincinnati Reds (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore Orioles 4 3 6 3 8 5 2 2 0 33 50 5
Cincinnati Reds 7 2 4 0 1 1 2 3 0 20 35 3
Total Attendance: 253,183   Average Attendance: 50,637
Winning Player's Share: – $18,216,   Losing Player's Share – $13,688 *Includes Playoffs and World Series

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Johnny Bench, National League MVP Award (He was the youngest National League player in the 20th century to win the MVP Award.)[14]

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians American Association Vern Rapp
AA Asheville Tourists Southern League Jim Snyder
A Tampa Tarpons Florida State League Dick Kennedy
Short-Season A Sioux Falls Packers Northern League Russ Nixon
Rookie GCL Reds Gulf Coast League Ron Plaza

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Notes[edit]

References[edit]

Preceded by
Atlanta Braves
1969
NL West Championship Season
1970
Succeeded by
San Francisco Giants
1971
Preceded by
New York Mets
1969
National League Championship Season
1970
Succeeded by
Pittsburgh Pirates
1971