1888 Cincinnati Red Stockings season

The 1888 Cincinnati Red Stockings season was a season in American baseball. The team finished in fourth place in the American Association with a record of 80–54, 11.5 games behind the St. Louis Browns.

1888 Cincinnati Red Stockings
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s)Aaron S. Stern[1]
Manager(s)Gus Schmelz
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Regular season

The 1888 Cincinnati Red Stockings

Cincinnati retained manager Gus Schmelz, who led the team to a franchise record 81 wins in 1887. The Red Stockings were quiet during the off-season, as pitcher Lee Viau, who signed his first professional contract, was the only major signing by the team.

John Reilly had the best season of his career, hitting .321 while leading the league with 13 home runs and 103 RBI, as he became the first Red Stocking to crack 100 RBI in a season. He also had 83 stolen bases. Hugh Nicol hit only .239; however, he once again stole over 100 bases, finishing the season with 103. Nicol and Reilly tied for the team high with 112 runs scored.

On the mound, Lee Viau led Cincinnati with 27 wins and a 2.65 ERA in 42 starts. Tony Mullane and Mike Smith each finished with over 20 wins as well, with 26 and 22 respectively.

The Red Stockings began the season red hot, as they had a 12–5 record before winning 10 games in a row to be 22–5, three games ahead of the second place St. Louis Browns. Cincinnati then fell into a slump, going 5–16 in their next 21 games to fall into fourth place, seven games out of first. The Red Stockings remained in the pennant race until late in the season. However, the team finished the year in fourth place with an 80–54 record, 11.5 games behind the first place Browns.

Season standings

American Association W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Browns 9243 0.681 60–21 32–22
Brooklyn Bridegrooms 8852 0.629 53–20 35–32
Philadelphia Athletics 8152 0.609 10 55–20 26–32
Cincinnati Red Stockings 8054 0.597 11½ 56–25 24–29
Baltimore Orioles 5780 0.416 36 30–26 27–54
Cleveland Blues 5082 0.379 40½ 33–27 17–55
Louisville Colonels 4887 0.356 44 27–29 21–58
Kansas City Cowboys 4389 0.326 47½ 23–34 20–55

Record vs. opponents

Baltimore 8–126–1410–911–811–95–146–14
Brooklyn 12–814–6–116–411–913–712–8–110–10–1
Cincinnati 14–66–14–110–7–115–417–3–110–108–10
Cleveland 9–104–167–10–110–99–8–27–134–16
Kansas City 8–119–114–159–106–123–144–16
Louisville 9–117–133–17–18–9–212–65–15–14–16
Philadelphia 14–58–12–110–1013–714–315–5–17–10–1
St. Louis 14–610–10–110–816–416–416–410–7–1


1888 Cincinnati Red Stockings
Pitchers Catchers
  • Kid Baldwin
  • Ned Bligh
  • Jim Keenan


  • Pop Corkhill
  • Hugh Nicol
  • Jack O'Connor
  • George Tebeau
  • Gus Schmelz

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
CJim Keenan8531373.233140
1BJohn Reilly127527169.32113103
2BBid McPhee111458110.240451
SSFrank Fennelly12044888.196256
3BHick Carpenter136551147.267367
OFHugh Nicol135548131.239135
OFPop Corkhill118490133.271174
OFGeorge Tebeau12141194.229351

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
Kid Baldwin6727159.218125
Heinie Kappel3614337.259115
Jack O'Connor3613728.204117
Ned Bligh350.00000

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
Lee Viau42387.227142.65164
Tony Mullane44380.126162.84186
Mike Smith40348.122172.74154
John Weyhing865.2341.2330
Billy Serad650.2233.554

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
Pop Corkhill200110.801


  1. "Reds owners". The Cincinnati Enquirer. November 3, 2005. p. 20. Retrieved September 14, 2020 via newspapers.com.

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