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1969 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1969 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. It consisted of the Reds finishing in third place in the newly established National League West, four games behind the NL West champion Atlanta Braves. The Reds were managed by Dave Bristol, and played their home games at Crosley Field, which was in its final full season of operation, before moving into their new facility in the middle of the following season.


Divisional alignment

1969 not only marked the 100th anniversary of the original Cincinnati Red Stockings being the first fully professional baseball team, but it also marked the first year of divisional play in Major League Baseball. The Reds (along with the Atlanta Braves) were placed in the NL West division, despite being located further east than the 2 westernmost teams in the NL East division, the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. This was because the New York Mets wanted to be in the same division as the reigning power in the NL, which were the Cardinals at the time (to compensate for playing against the Dodgers and Giants fewer times each season). The Cubs consequently demanded to be in the NL East as well in order to continue playing in the same division as the Cardinals, one of the Cubs' biggest rivals. A side effect of this alignment is that it set the stage for what is considered one of the greatest pennant races - and comebacks in such a race - in MLB history (see 1969 New York Mets season for more info).

Regular season

Season standings

NL West W L GB Pct.
Atlanta Braves 93 69 -- .574
San Francisco Giants 90 72 3 .556
Cincinnati Reds 89 73 4 .549
Los Angeles Dodgers 85 77 8 .525
Houston Astros 81 81 12 .500
San Diego Padres 52 110 41 .321

Notable transactions


1969 Cincinnati Reds
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



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 Bench, JohnnyJohnny Bench 148 532 156 .293 26 90

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


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
Arrigo, GerryGerry Arrigo 20 91 4 7 4.15 35
Queen, MelMel Queen 2 12 1 0 2.25 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
Fisher, JackJack Fisher 34 113 4 4 5.50 55

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
Carroll, ClayClay Carroll 77 12 6 7 3.52 90
Jackson, AlAl Jackson 33 1 0 3 5.27 16
Ribant, DennisDennis Ribant 7 0 0 0 1.08 7

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians American Association Vern Rapp
AA Asheville Tourists Southern League Alex Cosmidis
A Tampa Tarpons Florida State League Bunky Warren
Short-Season A Sioux Falls Packers Northern League Jim Snyder
Rookie GCL Reds Gulf Coast League George Scherger



  • 1969 Cincinnati Reds season at Baseball Reference
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