1892 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1892 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The National League expanded to 12 teams in 1892, and it was announced that the season would be split into two halves, with the winners of each half meeting in a "World's Championship Series". The Reds finished with a combined record of 82–68, fifth-best in the National League, finishing in fourth place in the first half and in eighth place in the second half.

1892 Cincinnati Reds
Major League affiliations
  • 1st half: 44–31 (.587)
  • 2nd half: 38–37 (.507)
  • Overall: 82–68 (.547)[1]
League place
  • 1st half: 4th (8+12 GB)
  • 2nd half: 8th (14+12 GB)
Other information
Owner(s)John T. Brush[2]
Manager(s)Charlie Comiskey
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Regular season

After a horrible 1891 season in which the Reds finished in a virtual tie for last place with a 56–81 record, the team fired manager Tom Loftus and replaced him with first baseman Charles Comiskey. Comiskey had previously been the player-manager of the St. Louis Browns of the American Association from 1883–89, leading the team to four straight pennants from 1885–88. He then was a player-manager with the Chicago Pirates of the Players' League in 1890, leading them to a fourth-place finish, followed by a return to the Browns in 1891, where he led them to a second-place finish with a record of 86–52.

The Reds acquired outfielder Tip O'Neill during the off-season, as he spent the 1891 season with Comiskey with the Browns, hitting .323 with ten homers and 95 RBI for the club. O'Neill's best season was in 1887 with the Browns, when he hit .435, with 225 hits, 167 runs, 52 doubles, nineteen triples, fourteen home runs and 123 RBI, all of which led the American Association. Catcher Morgan Murphy was picked by from the Boston Reds of the AA. Murphy hit .216 with four homers and 54 RBI in 106 games. Another catcher, Farmer Vaughn, was signed after he split the 1891 season between the Cincinnati Kelly's Killers and Milwaukee Brewers of the AA. Vaughn hit .285 with a homer and 23 RBI between the two clubs. Pitcher Ice Box Chamberlain also signed with the Reds after posting a 22–23 record with a 4.22 with the Philadelphia Athletics of the AA.

Bug Holliday once again was the Reds offensive leader, hitting .294 with a team high thirteen home runs and 91 RBI. Bid McPhee hit .274 with four homers and 60 RBI and 44 stolen bases, while Germany Smith hit .243 with eight homers and 63 RBI. On the mound, Tony Mullane led the staff with a 21–13 record and a 2.59 ERA, while Chamberlain had a 19–23 record with a 3.39 ERA in a team high 49 starts.

Season summary

In the first half of the season, the Reds started off strong and found themselves in the middle of the pennant race, sitting with a 26–16 record and in third place in the league, 4.5 games out of first, before they tallied off, finishing in fourth place with a 44–31 record, 8½ games behind the Boston Beaneaters. In the second half, the Reds were mediocre, as they finished in eighth place with a 38–37 record, 14½ games behind the Cleveland Spiders. They finished the season with a combined record of 82–68, which marked a big improvement over the previous year.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Boston Beaneaters 10248 0.680 54–21 48–27
Cleveland Spiders 9356 0.624 54–24 39–32
Brooklyn Grooms 9559 0.617 9 51–24 44–35
Philadelphia Phillies 8766 0.569 16½ 55–26 32–40
Cincinnati Reds 8268 0.547 20 45–32 37–36
Pittsburgh Pirates 8073 0.523 23½ 54–34 26–39
Chicago Colts 7076 0.479 30 36–31 34–45
New York Giants 7180 0.470 31½ 42–36 29–44
Louisville Colonels 6389 0.414 40 37–31 26–58
Washington Senators 5893 0.384 44½ 34–36 24–57
St. Louis Browns 5694 0.373 46 37–36 19–58
Baltimore Orioles 46101 0.313 54½ 29–44 17–57
National League
First Half Standings
W L Pct. GB
Boston Beaneaters5222.703
Brooklyn Grooms5126.6622+12
Philadelphia Phillies4630.6057
Cincinnati Reds4431.5878+12
Cleveland Spiders4033.54811+12
Pittsburgh Pirates3739.48716
Washington Senators3541.46118
Chicago Colts3139.44319
St. Louis Browns3142.42520+12
New York Giants3143.41921
Louisville Colonels3047.39023+12
Baltimore Orioles2055.26732+12
National League
Second Half Standings
W L Pct. GB
Cleveland Spiders5323.697
Boston Beaneaters5026.6583
Brooklyn Grooms4433.5719+12
Pittsburgh Pirates4334.55810+12
Philadelphia Phillies4136.53212+12
New York Giants4037.51913+12
Chicago Colts3937.51314
Cincinnati Reds3837.50714+12
Louisville Colonels3342.44019+12
Baltimore Orioles2646.36125
St. Louis Browns2552.32528+12
Washington Senators2352.30729+12

Record vs. opponents

Baltimore 0–132–12–14–74–102–11–26–75–94–105–98–6–16–7–1
Boston 13–09–510–48–5–18–612–211–3–16–77–67–711–3
Brooklyn 12–2–15–910–46–88–69–57–79–5–210–49–5–110–4
Chicago 7–44–104–106–7–13–95–910–45–97–77–512–2
Cincinnati 10–45–8–18–67–6–15–97–6–18–65–95–912–2–110–3–1
Cleveland 11–2–26–86–89–39–513–18–510–47–7–18–5–16–8
Louisville 7–62–125–99–56–7–11–134–104–108–69–5–18–6
New York 9–53–11–17–74–106–85–810–45–94–10–19–49–4
Philadelphia 10–47–65–9–29–59–54–1010–49–58–67–79–5
Pittsburgh 9–56–74–107–79–57–7–16–810–4–16–810–46–8
St. Louis 6–8–17–75–9–15–72–12–15–8–15–9–14–97–74–106–8
Washington 7–6–13–114–102–123–10–18–66–84–95–98–68–6


1892 Cincinnati Reds
Pitchers Catchers
  • Tom Dowse
  • Jerry Harrington
  • Dan Mahoney
  • Morgan Murphy
  • Farmer Vaughn


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
CMorgan Murphy7423446.197224
1BCharlie Comiskey141551125.227371
2BBid McPhee144573157.274460
SSGermany Smith139506123.243863
3BArlie Latham152622148.238044
OFBug Holliday152602177.2941391
OFTip O'Neill109419105.251252
OFPete Browning8330793.303352

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
Farmer Vaughn9134688.254250
Frank Genins3511020.18207
George Wood3010721.196014
Jocko Halligan2610129.287212
Curt Welch259419.20217
Jerry Harrington226113.21303
Buster Hoover14519.17602
Eddie Burke15416.14604
Bill Kuehne6245.20814
Dan Mahoney5214.19001
Tom Dowse140.00000

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
Ice Box Chamberlain52406.119233.39169
Tony Mullane37295.021132.59109
Frank Dwyer34268.120102.3147
Mike Sullivan21166.11243.0856
Billy Rhines1174.2375.4210
Jesse Duryea968.0253.5721
Dan Daub425.0122.887
Willie McGill317.0115.297
George Meakim313.2118.564
George Rettger19.0104.001
Bumpus Jones19.0100.003
Ben Stephens17.0011.291

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
Frank Knauss10003.382
George Hemming10107.500
Bug Holliday100011.250


  1. "The 1892 Season". Retrosheet. Retrieved April 4, 2021.
  2. "Reds owners". The Cincinnati Enquirer. November 3, 2005. p. 20. Retrieved September 14, 2020 via newspapers.com.
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