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1882 Cincinnati Reds season

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1882 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1882 Cincinnati Red Stockings season was a season in American baseball. It was the first season for the team as a member of the American Association. This team took the nickname from the previous National League team that played from 1876-1880 but otherwise was not related. The Red Stockings (sometimes called the "Reds") won the very first AA championship this season.

Regular season

Before the season began, the Red Stockings named catcher Pop Snyder as the player-manager. Snyder spent the 1881 season with the Boston Red Caps of the National League, hitting .228 with 16 RBI. Cincinnati also signed some familiar players, as Will White and Hick Carpenter spent time with the Cincinnati Reds of the National League. White some limited action with the Detroit Wolverines, while Carpenter hit .216 with two home runs and 31 RBI with the Worcester Ruby Legs during the 1881 season.

Carpenter had a break out season, as he led the AA with 67 RBI and 120 hits, and led the Red Stockings with a .342 batting average. Snyder hit .291 with a homer and 50 RBI, while Joe Sommer hit .288 with a homer, 29 RBI and a team high 82 runs, while leading the league with 354 at-bats. On the mound, White returned to his 1879 form, as he led the AA with 40 wins, while posting a 1.54 ERA in 480 innings pitched.

Season summary

The Red Stockings lost their first ever game, as the Pittsburg Alleghenys defeated Cincinnati 10-9 at Bank Street Grounds. The team hovered around the .500 level, as they had a record of 8-9 record in their first seventeen games, sitting in fourth place. The Red Stockings then would go on a ten-game winning streak, and rise up to first place in the American Association. Cincinnati would stay red hot for the rest of the season, finishing with a 55-25 record and win the American Association pennant, 11.5 games ahead of the second place Philadelphia Athletics.

Season standings


1882 Cincinnati Red Stockings


Infielders Outfielders Manager

Player stats


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 Snyder, PopPop Snyder 72 309 90 .291 1 50
1B Stearns, DanDan Stearns 49 214 55 .257 0 35
2B McPhee, BidBid McPhee 78 311 71 .228 1 31
3B Carpenter, HickHick Carpenter 80 351 120 .342 1 67
SS Fulmer, ChickChick Fulmer 79 324 91 .281 0 27
OF Sommer, JoeJoe Sommer 80 354 102 .288 1 29
OF Macullar, JimmyJimmy Macullar 79 299 70 .234 0 22
OF Wheeler, HarryHarry Wheeler 76 344 86 .250 1 29

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
Luff, HenryHenry Luff 28 120 28 .233 0 6
Powers, PhilPhil Powers 16 60 13 .217 0 5
Kemmler, RudyRudy Kemmler 3 11 1 .091 0 0
Thompson, TugTug Thompson 1 5 1 .200 0 0
Tierney, BillBill Tierney 1 5 0 .000 0 0


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
White, WillWill White 54 480 40 12 1.54 122
McCormick, HarryHarry McCormick 25 219.2 14 11 1.52 33

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
Wheeler, HarryHarry Wheeler 4 21.2 1 2 5.40 10


  • 1882 Cincinnati Red Stockings season at Baseball Reference
Preceded by
First Season
American Association Championship Season
Succeeded by
Philadelphia Athletics
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