1895 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1895 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The Reds finished in eighth place in the National League with 66 wins and 64 losses, 21 games behind the Baltimore Orioles.

1895 Cincinnati Reds
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s)John T. Brush[1]
Manager(s)Buck Ewing
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Regular season

After finishing the 1894 season with a record of only 55–75, the Reds replaced Charles Comiskey as player-manager with first baseman Buck Ewing. Ewing was previously a player-manager with the New York Giants of the Players' League in 1890, leading them to a 74–57 record and a third-place finish. He spent the last two seasons playing with the Cleveland Spiders, and in 1893 with Cleveland, Ewing hit .344 with six home runs and 122 RBI before missing much of the 1894 season with injuries. He also once led the National League in home runs with ten in 1883 while playing for the New York Giants, and in triples with twenty with the Giants in 1884.

The Reds would suffer a big blow, as outfielder Bug Holliday would have an appendectomy and would miss most of the season recovering. Cincinnati signed outfielder Dusty Miller, who last played in the majors with the St. Louis Browns in 1890. The Reds also acquired Billy Rhines, who previously pitched with the team from 1890–1892 before playing with the Louisville Colonels in 1893. Rhines missed the entire 1894 season due to injuries, and had not pitched a full season since 1891 when he went 17–24 with a 2.87 ERA with Cincinnati.

During the season, the Reds acquired outfielder Eddie Burke from the New York Giants.

Cincinnati got off to a hot start, as they had a league-best 18–8 record after twenty-six games. The Reds though went 3–12 in their next fifteen games to fall into seventh place, five games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cincinnati got back into the pennant race after posting a 19–9 clip in their next twenty-eight games, pushing their record to 40–29, sitting in third place, one game behind the Pirates and Cleveland Spiders. The team went on a 5–9 slide in their next fourteen games to fall into sixth place, 5.5 games out of first, before reeling off five wins in a row, but they only moved up to fifth and were still five games behind the first place Spiders. After winning two of their next three games to move into fourth place with a 52–39 record, Cincinnati would win only fourteen of their last thirty-nine games to drop out of the pennant race and finish with a 66–64 record, which put them in eighth place, 20.5 games behind the pennant winning Baltimore Orioles.

Dusty Miller had a spectacular season with the Reds, as he hit a team high .335 with ten homers and 112 RBI, as well as swiping 43 bases in 132 games. Player-manager Buck Ewing hit .318 with five home runs and 94 RBI, while Bid McPhee batted .299 with a homer, 75 RBI and a team high 107 runs scored. Dummy Hoy led the Reds with 50 stolen bases, while hitting .277 with three home runs and 55 RBI.

On the mound, Billy Rhines had a very solid comeback season, leading Cincinnati with a 19–10 record in 38 games pitched, 33 starts and 25 complete games. Frank Dwyer had an 18–15 record with a team-best 4.24 ERA in 37 games.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Baltimore Orioles 8743 0.669 54–12 33–31
Cleveland Spiders 8446 0.646 3 49–13 35–33
Philadelphia Phillies 7853 0.595 51–21 27–32
Chicago Colts 7258 0.554 15 43–24 29–34
Brooklyn Grooms 7160 0.542 16½ 43–22 28–38
Boston Beaneaters 7160 0.542 16½ 48–19 23–41
Pittsburgh Pirates 7161 0.538 17 44–21 27–40
Cincinnati Reds 6664 0.508 21 42–22 24–42
New York Giants 6665 0.504 21½ 40–27 26–38
Washington Senators 4385 0.336 43 31–34 12–51
St. Louis Browns 3992 0.298 48½ 25–41 14–51
Louisville Colonels 3596 0.267 52½ 19–38 16–58

Record vs. opponents

Baltimore 10–27–58–48–45–610–19–38–4–17–5–16–69–3
Boston 2–104–77–55–76–69–3–18–45–77–59–39–3–1
Brooklyn 5–77–46–65–72–1011–19–3–15–7–17–5–19–35–7
Chicago 4–85–76–65–76–59–3–14–86–68–410–29–2–2
Cincinnati 4–87–57–57–56–66–64–84–84–8–19–3–18–2
Cleveland 6–56–610–25–66–610–27–57–57–511–1–29–3
Louisville 1–103–9–11–113–9–16–62–103–92–102–106–66–6
New York 3–94–83–9–18–48–45–79–33–84–811–18–4
Philadelphia 4–8–17–57–5–16–68–45–710–28–38–47–58–4
Pittsburgh 5–7–15–75–7–14–88–4–15–710–28–44–89–38–4
St. Louis 6–63–93–92–103–9–11–11–26–61–115–73–96–5–2
Washington 3–93–9–17–52–9–22–83–96–64–84–84–85–6–2


1895 Cincinnati Reds
  • King Bailey
  • Frank Dwyer
  • Frank Foreman
  • Tom Parrott
  • Bill Phillips
  • Billy Rhines
  • Mike Kahoe
  • Bill Merritt
  • Morgan Murphy
  • Harry Spies
  • 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
CFarmer Vaughn92334102.305148
1BBuck Ewing105434138.318594
2BBid McPhee115432129.299175
SSGermany Smith127503151.300474
3BArlie Latham112460143.311269
OFDusty Miller132529177.33510112
OFDummy Hoy107429119.277355
OFGeorge Hogreiver6923965.272234

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 Burke5622861.268125
Bill Gray5218155.304129
Bug Holliday3212738.299020
Morgan Murphy258222.268016
Bill Merritt227914.177012
Harry Spies145011.22005
Mike Kahoe340.00000

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
Frank Dwyer37280.118154.2446
Billy Rhines38267.219104.8172
Tom Parrott41263.111185.4757
Frank Foreman32219.011144.1155
King Bailey18.0105.630

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
Bill Phillips18109.0676.0315


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