1912 Cincinnati Reds
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Owner(s)Garry Herrmann
Manager(s)Hank O'Day
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The 1912 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished fourth in the National League with a record of 75–78, 29 games behind the New York Giants. This was the inaugural year of the Reds' new stadium, Redland Field, later known as Crosley Field.

Offseason

The Reds moved into a new stadium beginning in the 1912 season, as the club moved from the Palace of the Fans to Redland Field. The new stadium had a seating capacity of 20,696, which was up from the 12,000 capacity at Palace of the Fans.

Cincinnati replaced their manager Clark Griffith, following a disappointing 1911 season, and replaced him with Hank O'Day. O'Day, a former pitcher from 1884-1890, had a 73-110 record and a 3.74 ERA in his career. O'Day was also a former umpire, and notably was behind the plate in the first ever World Series game in 1903. He was also the home plate umpire who made the initial ruling on Merkle's Boner. He did not have any previous managerial experience.

The Reds sold shortstop Tom Downey to the Philadelphia Phillies on December 29. Cincinnati shifted third baseman Eddie Grant to shortstop, where he split playing time with Jimmy Esmond, as the club named Art Phelan their new third baseman. Phelan, only 23 years old, saw limited action with Cincinnati in 1910, before spending the 1911 season in the minors.

Regular season

Cincinnati had a tough season offensively, as the club ranked last in batting average (.256), on base percentage (.323), hits (1310), doubles (183) and home runs (21). First baseman Dick Hoblitzell hit .294 and had 85 RBI, however, his home run total dropped from eleven in 1911 to only two in 1912. Outfielder Armando Marsans led the Reds with a .317 batting average, while hitting one home run and 38 RBI in 110 games. Outfielder Bob Bescher led the National League in stolen bases with 67, and he had a .281 batting average with four home runs and 38 RBI, and scored 120 runs. Outfielder Mike Mitchell batted .283 with four home runs and 78 RBI in 147 games.

The pitching rotation was led by Rube Benton, as in his first full season as a starting pitcher, he appeared in a National League high 50 games, starting 39 of them. Benton had a record of 18-20 with a 3.10 ERA while pitching 302 innings, striking out 162 batters and had 22 complete games. George Suggs led Cincinnati in wins, as he was 19-16 with a 2.94 ERA in 42 games, pitching 303 innings and recording a team high 25 complete games. Art Fromme finished the year with a 16-18 record in 43 games, throwing 296 innings and 23 complete games, while having a team best 2.74 ERA.

Season Summary

The club got off to a surprising start of the season, as Cincinnati had a 22-6 record in their first 28 games, leading the National League by 1.5 games over the New York Giants. The Reds lost 10 of their next 11 games to fall out of first place, and could never recover. Cincinnati would eventually fall under .500, and finished the season with a 75-78 record, an improvement of five games over 1911, but finished 29 games behind the New York Giants for the pennant.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
New York Giants 103 48 0.682 49–25 54–23
Pittsburgh Pirates 93 58 0.616 10 44–31 49–27
Chicago Cubs 91 59 0.607 11½ 46–30 45–29
Cincinnati Reds 75 78 0.490 29 45–32 30–46
Philadelphia Phillies 73 79 0.480 30½ 34–41 39–38
St. Louis Cardinals 63 90 0.412 41 37–40 26–50
Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers 58 95 0.379 46 33–43 25–52
Boston Braves 52 101 0.340 52 31–47 21–54


Record vs. opponents


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


Roster

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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 Larry McLean 102 333 81 .243 1 27
1B Dick Hoblitzell 148 558 164 .294 2 85
2B Dick Egan 149 507 125 .247 0 52
SS Jimmy Esmond 82 231 45 .195 1 40
3B Art Phelan 130 461 112 .243 3 54
OF Armando Marsans 110 416 132 .317 1 38
OF Bob Bescher 145 548 154 .281 4 38
OF Mike Mitchell 147 552 156 .283 4 78

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
Eddie Grant 96 255 61 .239 2 20
Johnny Bates 81 239 69 .289 1 29
Tommy Clarke 72 146 41 .281 0 22
Tex McDonald 61 140 36 .257 1 15
Hank Severeid 50 114 27 .237 0 13
Pete Knisely 21 67 22 .328 0 7
Rafael Almeida 16 59 13 .220 0 10
Andy Kyle 9 21 7 .333 0 4
Earl Blackburn 1 0 0 ---- 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
George Suggs 42 303.0 19 16 2.94 104
Rube Benton 50 302.0 18 20 3.10 162
Art Fromme 43 296.0 16 18 2.74 120
Harry Gaspar 7 36.2 1 3 4.17 13
Gene Packard 1 9.0 1 0 3.00 2
Bill Doak 1 2.0 0 0 4.50 0

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
Bert Humphries 30 158.2 9 11 3.23 58
Bobby Keefe 17 68.2 1 3 5.24 29
Frank Harter 6 29.1 1 2 3.07 12
Frank Smith 7 22.2 1 1 6.35 5
Jim Bagby 5 17.1 2 1 3.12 10
Frank Gregory 4 15.2 2 0 4.60 4
John Frill 3 15.0 1 0 6.00 4
Gene Moore 5 14.2 0 1 4.91 6
Ralph Works 3 9.2 1 1 2.79 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
Dixie Davis 7 0 1 0 2.70 12
Howard McGraner 4 1 0 0 7.11 5
Sam Fletcher 2 0 0 0 12.10 3
Ben Taylor 2 0 0 0 3.18 2
Hanson Horsey 1 0 0 0 22.50 0
Ed Donalds 1 1 0 0 4.50 1
Chuck Tompkins 1 0 0 0 0.00 1
Bill Prough 1 0 0 0 6.00 1
Bill Cramer 1 0 0 0 0.00 2