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1908 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1908 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fifth in the National League with a record of 73-81, 26 games behind the Chicago Cubs.

Offseason

After two straight seasons in which the Reds lost 87 games, the team replaced manager Ned Hanlon with player-manager John Ganzel. This was the first managerial job of Ganzel's career at the major league level.

Regular season

Cincinnati had a new starting shortstop, as Rudy Hulswitt took over the position. Hulswitt had spent the 1907 season with the Columbus Senators of the American Association, where he hit .296 with two home runs, 35 doubles and fourteen triples. He had last played in the major leagues with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1904, where he hit .244 with a homer and 36 RBI.

The Reds' 1906 shortstop, Hans Lobert, moved to third base, while Mike Mowrey came off the bench. Outfielders Dode Paskert and John Kane became starting outfielders as Art Kruger and Fred Odwell joined the Columbus Senators in the American Association. Bob Spade, who was acquired by the Reds late in the 1907 season from the Atlanta Crackers of the Southern Association, was given a regular spot in the starting rotation. Spade was 18-12 with the Crackers in 1907 before going 1-2 with a 1.00 ERA in three starts with Cincinnati in September.

Lobert led the way offensively, hitting a team high .293 with four home runs, 63 RBI, 71 runs scored and 167 hits. Ganzel hit .250 with a homer and 53 RBI, while Miller Huggins hit .239 with no homers and 23 RBI.

Bob Ewing anchored the pitching staff once again, as he was 17-15 with a 2.21 ERA in 37 games. Spade had a solid season, going 17-12 with a 2.74 ERA, while Andy Coakley only had a record of 8-18, however, he led the team with a 1.86 ERA before being traded to the Chicago Cubs late in the season.

Season summary

The Reds got off to a better start in 1908, and saw themselves in second place with a 18-14 record after thirty-two games, two games behind the Chicago Cubs. A run of 8-3 in their next eleven games saw Cincinnati close the gap to one game, however, the Reds then lost their next five games to fall into third place, five games behind the Cubs. As the season progressed, the Reds continued to drop in the standings, and eventually fall under the .500 mark. At the end of the season, the Reds had a 73-81 record, 26 games behind the first place Cubs. The 73 wins was the highest total by the Reds since winning 79 games in 1905.

Season standings


Notable transactions

Roster

1908 Cincinnati Reds
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Other positions

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
1B Ganzel, JohnJohn Ganzel 112 388 97 .250 1 53
3B Lobert, HansHans Lobert 155 570 167 .293 4 63
SS Hulswitt, RudyRudy Hulswitt 119 386 88 .228 1 28
OF Kane, JohnJohn Kane 130 455 97 .213 3 23

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
Mowrey, MikeMike Mowrey 77 227 50 .220 0 23
Egan, DickDick Egan 18 68 14 .206 0 5
Brain, DaveDave Brain 16 55 6 .109 0 1
Pearce, BunnyBunny Pearce 2 2 0 .000 0 0

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
Ewing, BobBob Ewing 37 293.2 17 15 2.21 95
Coakley, AndyAndy Coakley 32 242.1 8 18 1.86 61
Spade, BobBob Spade 35 249.1 17 12 2.74 74
Campbell, BillyBilly Campbell 35 221.1 12 13 2.60 73
Weimer, JakeJake Weimer 15 116.2 8 7 2.39 36
Rowan, JackJack Rowan 8 49.1 3 3 1.82 24
McCarthy, TomTom McCarthy 1 3.2 0 1 9.82 3

Other 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
Dubuc, JeanJean Dubuc 15 85.1 5 6 2.74 32
Doscher, JackJack Doscher 7 44.1 1 3 1.83 7
Volz, JakeJake Volz 7 22.2 1 2 3.57 6
O'Toole, MartyMarty O'Toole 3 15 1 0 2.40 5

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
Tozer, BillBill Tozer 4 0 0 0 1.69 5
Rhodes, CharlieCharlie Rhodes 1 0 0 0 0.00 4

Cuban-American Major League Clubs Series

The Reds competed in the inaugural Cuban-American Major League Clubs Series, playing against three teams from the Cuban League. The Almendares club finihsed with the best record in the series.[2]

Notes

References

  • 1908 Cincinnati Reds season at Baseball Reference
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