1917 Cincinnati Reds season

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1917 Cincinnati Reds
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Owner(s) Garry Herrmann
Manager(s) Christy Mathewson
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The 1917 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fourth in the National League with a record of 78–76, 20 games behind the New York Giants.

Off-season[edit]

It was a very quiet off-season for the Reds heading into the 1917 season. Cincinnati purchased the contract of pitcher Roy Sanders from the Kansas City Blues of the American Association (20th century) for $7500. In 45 games with the Blues, Sanders was 18-16 with a 3.80 ERA, pitching 277 innings for the club.

Regular season[edit]

On April 23, the Reds purchased the contract of legendary athlete Jim Thorpe from the New York Giants. Thorpe, known for winning two gold medals at the 1912 Summer Olympics, also played with the Canton Bulldogs football club in the Ohio League. He had minimal playing time with the Giants from 1913–1915 before spending the 1916 season in the minor leagues.

On May 2, in the "double no-hitter" between Fred Toney of the Reds and Hippo Vaughn of the Chicago Cubs, Thorpe drove in the winning run in the 10th inning.[1] Late in the season, he was sold back to the Giants. It is still the only occasion in major league history in which a regulation nine innings was played without either team logging a hit.

The Reds picked up pitcher Dutch Ruether from the Chicago Cubs on July 17 off of waivers. In 10 games with Chicago, Ruether was 2-0 with a 2.48 ERA. Just over two weeks later, on August 1, the Reds make another waiver claim, picking up outfielder Sherry Magee from the Boston Braves. Magee, in his 14th season in the National League, had a .256 average with one home run and 21 RBI when he was picked up. Over his career, Magee led the NL in RBI three times (1907, 1910 and 1914). His best season was in 1910 with the Philadelphia Phillies, as Magee led the league with a .331 batting average, scored 110 runs and drove in 123 runners.

On August 18, the Reds returned Jim Thorpe to the New York Giants. In 77 games, Thorpe batted .247 with four home runs and 36 RBI.

Season summary[edit]

Cincinnati had a tough start to the season, as after 44 games, the team sat in seventh place with a poor 18-26 record. The team turned their season around, putting together a run of 36-17 over their next 53 games to improve their overall record to 54-43 and moved into second place in the National League, however, the team was 7.5 games behind the first place New York Giants. Over the next few weeks, Cincinnati struggled and fell completely out of the pennant race. The club finished the year with a 78-76 record and in fourth place. The 78 wins was the Reds highest total since winning 79 games in 1905. This also was the first time since 1909 that the team finished with a winning record. Cincinnati's attendance also rose to 269,056, their highest total since 1912.

Outfielder Edd Roush led the National League with a .341 batting average, and added four home runs and 67 RBI in 136 games in his first full season with the Reds. Third baseman Heinie Groh hit .304 with one home run and 53 RBI in 156 games. First baseman Hal Chase tied for the team lead with four home runs, and led the club with 86 RBI while batting .277. Outfielder Greasy Neale led Cincinnati with 25 stolen bases, and had a .294 batting average with three home runs and 33 RBI.

The pitching staff was led by Fred Toney, who put together a 24-16 record and a 2.20 ERA in 43 games. Toney led the Reds in innings pitched at 339.2 and had 31 complete games. Pete Schneider joined Toney in the 20 win club, as he went 20-19 with a 2.10 ERA in 46 games. Schneider pitched 333.2 innings, had 24 complete games and led the Reds by striking out 138 batters. Hod Eller spent most of his time pitching in relief, as he put together a 10-5 record with a 2.36 ERA in 37 games, 26 in relief.

Season standings[edit]

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Giants 98 56 0.636 50–28 48–28
Philadelphia Phillies 87 65 0.572 10 46–29 41–36
St. Louis Cardinals 82 70 0.539 15 38–38 44–32
Cincinnati Reds 78 76 0.506 20 39–38 39–38
Chicago Cubs 74 80 0.481 24 35–42 39–38
Boston Braves 72 81 0.471 25½ 35–42 37–39
Brooklyn Robins 70 81 0.464 26½ 36–38 34–43
Pittsburgh Pirates 51 103 0.331 47 25–53 26–50


Record vs. opponents[edit]

1917 National League Records

Sources:

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Team BOS BR CHC CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 13–9–1 11–11 10–12–2 7–15 11–11 14–8 6–15–1
Brooklyn 9–13–1 7–15 10–12 9–13–2 9–11–1 16–6–1 10–11
Chicago 11–11 15–7 8–14–1 7–15–1 6–16–1 17–5 10–12
Cincinnati 12–10–2 12–10 14–8–1 11–11 8–14 12–10 9–13
New York 15–7 13–9–2 15–7–1 11–11 14–8 16–6–1 14–8
Philadelphia 11–11 11–9–1 16–6–1 14–8 8–14 14–8 13–9
Pittsburgh 8–14 6–16–1 5–17 10–12 6–16–1 8–14 8–14–1
St. Louis 15–6–1 11–10 12–10 13–9 8–14 9–13 14–8–1


Notable transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

1917 Cincinnati Reds
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Infielders

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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 Wingo, IveyIvey Wingo 121 399 106 .266 2 39
1B Chase, HalHal Chase 152 602 167 .277 4 86
2B Shean, DaveDave Shean 131 442 93 .210 2 35
3B Groh, HeinieHeinie Groh 156 599 182 .304 1 53
SS Kopf, LarryLarry Kopf 148 573 146 .255 2 26
OF Roush, EddEdd Roush 136 522 178 .341 4 67
OF Neale, GreasyGreasy Neale 121 385 113 .294 3 33
OF Griffith, TommyTommy Griffith 115 363 98 .270 1 45

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
Thorpe, JimJim Thorpe 77 251 62 .247 4 36
Cueto, ManuelManuel Cueto 56 140 28 .200 1 11
Magee, SherrySherry Magee 45 137 44 .321 0 23
McKechnie, BillBill McKechnie 48 134 34 .254 0 15
Clarke, TommyTommy Clarke 58 110 32 .291 1 13
Huhn, EmilEmil Huhn 23 51 10 .196 0 3
Smith, HarryHarry Smith 8 17 2 .118 0 1
Getz, GusGus Getz 7 14 4 .286 0 3

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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
Toney, FredFred Toney 43 339.2 24 16 2.20 123
Regan, MikeMike Regan 32 216 11 10 2.71 50
Sanders, RoyRoy Sanders 2 14 0 1 4.50 3

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
Eller, HodHod Eller 37 152.1 10 5 2.36 77
Perry, ScottScott Perry 4 13.1 0 0 6.75 4
Bressler, RubeRube Bressler 2 9 0 0 6.00 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
Knetzer, ElmerElmer Knetzer 11 0 0 1 2.96 7

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