1905 Cincinnati Reds
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Owner(s)Garry Herrmann
Manager(s)Joe Kelley
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The 1905 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fifth in the National League with a record of 79 wins and 74 losses, 26 games behind the New York Giants.

Regular season

The Reds were coming off a third-place finish in 1904, as they went 88–65, eighteen games behind the powerful New York Giants. The 88 wins by Cincinnati was their highest total since 1898.

Player-manager Joe Kelley returned for his fourth season. Kelley moved from first base to the outfield, as the Reds acquired first baseman Shad Barry from the Chicago Cubs very early in the 1905 season. Some other new faces on the team included pitcher Orval Overall, who went 32–25 with a 2.78 ERA in 56 starts with the Tacoma Tigers of the Pacific Coast League in 1904, and pitcher Charlie Chech, who joined Cincinnati from the St. Paul Saints of the American Association. Chech had a 27–8 record in 35 starts.

Cy Seymour had a career season, leading the National League with a .377 batting average, 219 hits, 40 doubles, 21 triples, and driving in 121 runs. Seymour also had eight home runs, second on the club. Fred Odwell led Cincinnati with nine home runs, while he had a .241 average and drove in 65 runs. Miller Huggins hit .273 with a homer and 38 RBI, while scoring a team best 117 runs and walking 103 times. Tommy Corcoran hit only .248, but he had two homers and drove in 85 runs. Barry also played well following his trade from the Cubs, hitting .324 with a homer and 56 RBI with Cincinnati.

With Noodles Hahn missing most of the season due to an injury, Bob Ewing emerged as the ace, going 20–11 with a 2.51 ERA. Orval Overall went 18–23 with a 2.86 ERA in 39 starts in his rookie season, while Charlie Chech went 14–14 with a 2.89 ERA in his first season. In limited action, Hahn was 5–3 with a 2.81 ERA in thirteen games, eight of them starts.

Season summary

The Reds got off to a bad start in 1905, going 12–16 in their opening twenty-eight games, sitting in fifth place, 10.5 games behind the New York Giants. To make matters worse, the Reds lost ace pitcher Noodles Hahn to an arm injury. Cincinnati stayed around the .500 mark until going on an eight-game winning streak to up their record to 32–24, and found themselves in third place, 6.5 games back. The team then won only three of thirteen games to fall back into fifth, 14.5 games behind the Giants. The Reds played out the rest of the season in fifth place, as they finished with a 79–74 record, 26 games behind New York.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Giants 105 48 0.686 54–21 51–27
Pittsburgh Pirates 96 57 0.627 9 49–28 47–29
Chicago Cubs 92 61 0.601 13 54–25 38–36
Philadelphia Phillies 83 69 0.546 21½ 39–36 44–33
Cincinnati Reds 79 74 0.516 26 50–28 29–46
St. Louis Cardinals 58 96 0.377 47½ 32–45 26–51
Boston Beaneaters 51 103 0.331 54½ 29–46 22–57
Brooklyn Superbas 48 104 0.316 56½ 29–47 19–57

Record vs. opponents


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Team BOS BR CHC CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 11–11–1 7–15 8–14 3–19 5–17–1 9–13 8–14
Brooklyn 11–11–1 6–16 4–18 7–15 3–18–1 7–14–1 10–12
Chicago 15–7 16–6 12–10 10–12 12–9–1 10–12–1 17–5
Cincinnati 14–8 18–4 10–12 5–16–2 13–9 9–13 10–12
New York 19–3 15–7 12–10 16–5–2 14–8 12–10 17–5
Philadelphia 17–5–1 18–3–1 9–12–1 9–13 8–14 6–16 16–6
Pittsburgh 13–9 14–7–1 12–10–1 13–9 10–12 16–6 18–4
St. Louis 14–8 12–10 5–17 12–10 5–17 6–16 4–18


Roster

1905 Cincinnati Reds
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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 Admiral Schlei 99 314 71 .226 1 36
1B Shad Barry 125 494 160 .324 1 56
2B Miller Huggins 149 564 154 .273 1 38
SS Tommy Corcoran 151 605 150 .248 2 85
3B Harry Steinfeldt 114 384 104 .271 1 39
OF Cy Seymour 149 581 219 .377 8 121
OF Fred Odwell 130 468 113 .241 9 65
OF Joe Kelley 90 321 89 .277 1 37

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
Al Bridwell 82 254 64 .252 0 17
Jimmy Sebring 58 217 62 .286 2 28
Ed Phelps 44 156 36 .231 0 18
Gabby Street 31 93 23 .247 0 8
Cozy Dolan 22 77 18 .234 0 4
Cliff Blankenship 19 56 11 .196 0 7
Johnny Siegle 17 56 17 .304 1 8
Bill Hinchman 17 51 13 .255 0 10
Mike Mowrey 7 30 8 .267 0 6

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
Orval Overall 42 318.0 18 23 2.86 173
Bob Ewing 40 311.2 20 11 2.51 164
Jack Harper 26 179.1 9 13 3.86 70
Tom Walker 23 144.2 9 7 3.24 28
Rip Vowinkel 6 45.1 3 3 4.17 7

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
Charlie Chech 39 267.2 14 14 2.89 79
Noodles Hahn 13 77.0 5 3 2.81 17
Ollie Johns 4 18.0 1 0 3.50 8

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
Ernie Baker 1 0 0 0 4.50 1

References