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1888 Cincinnati Red Stockings season

The 1888 Cincinnati Red Stockings season was a season in American baseball. The team finished in fourth place in the American Association with a record of 80-54, 11.5 games behind the St. Louis Browns.

Regular season

Cincinnati retained manager Gus Schmelz, who led the team to a franchise record 81 wins in 1887. The Red Stockings were also quiet during the off-season, as pitcher Lee Viau, who signed his first professional contract, would be the only major signing by the team.

John Reilly had the best season of his career, hitting .321 while leading the league with thirteen home runs and 103 RBI, as he became the first Red Stocking to crack 100 RBI in a season. He also had 83 stolen bases. Hugh Nicol hit only .239, however, he once again stole over 100 bases, finishing the season with 103. Nicol and Reilly tied for the team high with 112 runs scored.

On the mound, Lee Viau led Cincinnati with 27 wins and a 2.65 ERA in 42 starts. Tony Mullane and Mike Smith each finished with over 20 wins as well, with 26 and 22 respectively.

Season summary

The Red Stockings began the season red hot, as they had a 12-5 record before winning ten games in a row to be 22-5, three games ahead of the second place St. Louis Browns. Cincinnati would then fall into a major slump, going 5-16 in their next 21 games to fall into fourth place, seven games out of first. The Red Stockings would remain in the pennant race until late in the season, however, the team finished the year in fourth place with a 80-54 record, 11.5 games behind the first place Browns.

Season standings

Roster

1888 Cincinnati Red Stockings
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

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 Keenan, JimJim Keenan 85 313 73 .233 1 40
1B Reilly, JohnJohn Reilly 127 527 169 .321 13 103
OF Nicol, HughHugh Nicol 135 548 131 .239 1 35
OF Corkhill, PopPop Corkhill 118 490 133 .271 1 74

Other batters

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
O'Connor, JackJack O'Connor 36 137 28 .204 1 17

Pitching

Starting pitchers

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

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Viau, LeeLee Viau 42 387.2 27 14 2.65 164
Mullane, TonyTony Mullane 44 380.1 26 16 2.84 186
Smith, MikeMike Smith 40 348.1 22 17 2.74 154
Serad, BillyBilly Serad 6 50.2 2 3 3.55 4

Relief pitchers

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Corkhill, PopPop Corkhill 2 0 0 1 10.80 1

References

  • 1888 Cincinnati Red Stockings season at Baseball Reference


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