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1880 Cincinnati Stars
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Owner(s)Justus Thorner
Manager(s)John Clapp
     

The 1880 Cincinnati Stars season was the first and only season for the Cincinnati Stars, a professional baseball franchise competing in the National League (NL). The club replaced the defunct Cincinnati Reds that had competed in the NL during 1876–1879. The Stars finished last in the eight-team NL with a record of 21–59, 44 games behind the Chicago White Stockings.

Team president Justus Thorner resigned in early July, with vice-president Nathan Menderson selected as his successor.[1][2] At the end of the season, the team was kicked out of the league for their refusal to stop selling beer and renting out their park on Sundays. A new Cincinnati Reds franchise joined the American Association two years later.

Regular season

During the off-season, Cincinnati signed catcher John Clapp, who had played with the Buffalo Bisons in the previous season. Clapp was also named the manager of the team. Deacon White, who was the Reds catcher in 1878 and 1879, moved to the outfield. Other off-season signings included Hick Carpenter of the Syracuse Stars to play third base, while the Stars had rookies at first base, John Reilly, and second base, Pop Smith.

Clapp and Blondie Purcell led the team offensively, as Clapp had a .282 average with a homer and 20 RBI and 33 runs scored, while Purcell hit .292 with a homer and 24 RBI, along with 48 runs. Will White led the NL with 42 losses; however, he had a good ERA of 2.14.

Cincinnati got off to a miserable start, having a record of only 6–26 in their first 32 games, which included lopsided losses of 20–7 and 15–1 to the White Stockings, and 13–0 to the Worcester Worcesters during that span. Cincinnati never got it together during the season, and finished in last place in their only season, 44 games behind the first place White Stockings.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago White Stockings 67 17 0.798 37–5 30–12
Providence Grays 52 32 0.619 15 31–12 21–20
Cleveland Blues 47 37 0.560 20 24–19 23–18
Troy Trojans 41 42 0.494 25½ 20–21 21–21
Worcester Worcesters 40 43 0.482 26½ 24–17 16–26
Boston Red Caps 40 44 0.476 27 25–17 15–27
Buffalo Bisons 24 58 0.293 42 13–28 11–30
Cincinnati Stars 21 59 0.263 44 14–25 7–34

Record vs. opponents

1880 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS BUF CHI CIN CLE PRV TRO WOR
Boston 9–3–1 3–9 7–5 5–7 5–7–1 7–5 4–8
Buffalo 3–9–1 1–11 5–5–2 3–9 2–10 1–11 9–3
Chicago 9–3 11–1 10–2–1 8–4 9–3–1 10–2 10–2
Cincinnati 5–7 5–5–2 2–10–1 3–9 2–10 1–10 3–8
Cleveland 7–5 9–3 4–8 9–3 3–9 9–3 6–6–1
Providence 7–5–1 10–2 3–9–1 10–2 9–3 7–5 6–6–1
Troy 5–7 11–1 2–10 10–1 3–9 5–7 5–7
Worcester 8–4 3–9 2–10 8–3 6–6–1 6–6–1 7–5


Roster

1880 Cincinnati Stars
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 John Clapp 80 323 91 .282 1 20
1B John Reilly 73 272 56 .206 0 16
2B Pop Smith 83 334 69 .207 0 27
3B Hick Carpenter 77 300 72 .240 0 23
SS Lou Say 48 191 38 .199 0 15
OF Blondie Purcell 77 325 95 .292 1 24
OF Mike Mansell 53 187 36 .193 2 12
OF Jack Manning 48 190 41 .216 2 17

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
Deacon White 35 141 42 .298 0 7
Andy Leonard 33 133 28 .211 1 17
Charlie Reilley 30 103 21 .204 0 9
Joe Sommer 24 88 16 .182 0 6
Harry Wheeler 17 65 6 .092 0 2
Sam Wright 9 34 3 .088 0 0
Amos Booth 1 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
Will White 62 517.1 18 42 2.14 161
Blondie Purcell 25 196 3 17 3.21 47

References

  1. ^ "Cincinnati Base-Ball Club". The Cincinnati Enquirer. December 23, 1879. p. 8. Retrieved September 17, 2020 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Base Ball". Detroit Free Press. July 7, 1880. p. 6. Retrieved September 17, 2020 – via newspapers.com.