1871 Rockford Forest Citys season

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1871 Rockford Forest Citys
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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

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1871 National Association Records

Sources:

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Team BOS CHI CLE FW NY PHI ROC TRO WSH
Boston 1–3 3–1 2–0 2–2 3–1 3–0 3–2 3–1–1
Chicago 3–1 2–1 2–0 3–1 2–3 3–0 1–1 3–2
Cleveland 1–3 1–2 0–3 3–2 0–3 3–1 2–2 0–3
Fort Wayne 0–2 0–2 3–0 1–2 0–2 1–1 1–1 1–2
New York 2–2 1–3 2–3 2–1 2–3 3–1 1–3 3–1
Philadelphia 1–3 3–2 3–0 2–0 3–2 3–0 3–0 3–0
Rockford 0–3 0–3 1–3 1–1 1–3 0–3 1–2 0–3
Troy 2–3 1–1 2–2 1–1 3–1 0–3 2–1 2–3–1
Washington 1–3–1 2–3 3–0 2–1 1–3 0–3 3–0 3–2–1


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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