1900 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1900 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished seventh in the National League with a record of 62–77, 21.5 games behind the Brooklyn Superbas.

1900 Cincinnati Reds
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s)John T. Brush[1]
Manager(s)Bob Allen
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Regular season

After a disappointing sixth-place finish in 1899, the Reds began to rebuild for the future in 1900. Manager Buck Ewing was replaced after leading the Reds for five seasons, in which the team had a 394–297 record. However, they never finished above third place in the National League during Ewing's tenure. The team named Bob Allen as manager. Allen was a player-manager for the Philadelphia Phillies for their last thirty-five games in 1890, in which the team went 25–10. He last played in the National League in 1897 with the Boston Beaneaters, and played for the Phillies between 1890–1894.

During the off-season, the Reds' longtime second baseman, Bid McPhee, retired from playing. McPhee played with the Reds since their inception in 1882, and in his hall of fame career, he batted .272 with 53 home runs and 1072 RBI while scoring 1684 runs with 2258 hits. McPhee led the American Association in home runs in 1886 with eight, and in triples in 1887 with nineteen. To replace McPhee, the Reds moved third baseman Harry Steinfeldt over to second before they acquired Joe Quinn in the early part of the 1900 season.

The team acquired pitchers Ed Scott and Doc Newton from the Indianapolis Hoosiers of the Western League. Neither the 29-year-old Scott nor the 22-year-old Newton had any major league experience.

Offensively, Jake Beckley once again proved to be the leader, as he hit a team high .341 with two home runs and 94 RBI. Jimmy Barrett had a breakout season, batting .316 with five home runs and 42 RBI, while having the team lead in runs with 114 and stolen bases with 44. Sam Crawford, in his first season as a regular, hit .260 with a team high seven home runs and drove in 59 runs.

Scott led the pitching staff with 17 wins, 31 complete games and 315 innings pitched in 42 games. Noodles Hahn finished just behind Scott in wins with 16, while he had a team best 3.20 ERA in 39 games. Hahn led the league with four shutouts, and 132 strikeouts.

Season summary

The Reds started off the year on a good note, going 6–3 in their first nine games to sit in a first place tie with the Philadelphia Phillies. That would be the high point of the season, as Cincinnati would eventually going into a 3–18 slump to completely fall out of the pennant race and well below the .500 level. Wins would be scarce for the Reds, as they finished the year with a 62–77 record, which placed them in seventh place in the eight team National League, 21.5 games behind the Brooklyn Superbas.

On July 5–6, 1900, the Reds only had one hit each in consecutive games at League Park against the Superbas. Jerry Nops threw the one-hitter on July 5, while Frank Kitson tossed the second one-hitter the next day. The Reds would not endure such a feat until April 25–26, 2013 against the Washington Nationals. On July 12, Hahn threw a no-hitter against the Phillies.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Brooklyn Superbas 8254 0.603 43–26 39–28
Pittsburgh Pirates 7960 0.568 42–28 37–32
Philadelphia Phillies 7563 0.543 8 45–23 30–40
Boston Beaneaters 6672 0.478 17 42–29 24–43
St. Louis Cardinals 6575 0.464 19 40–31 25–44
Chicago Orphans 6575 0.464 19 45–30 20–45
Cincinnati Reds 6277 0.446 21½ 27–34 35–43
New York Giants 6078 0.435 23 38–31 22–47

Record vs. opponents

Boston 4–16–212–813–711–7–29–115–1512–8
Brooklyn 16–4–210–10–115–4–210–1010–88–11–113–7
Chicago 8–1210–10–19–11–112–8–19–11–18–129–11–2
Cincinnati 7–134–15–211–9–17–139–11–212–812–8
New York 7–11–210–108–12–113–77–139–116–14
Philadelphia 11–98–1011–9–111–9–213–79–1112–18
Pittsburgh 15–511–8–112–88–1211–911–911–9
St. Louis 8–127–1311–9–28–1214–68–129–11


1900 Cincinnati Reds
Pitchers Catchers


  • Jimmy Barrett
  • Sam Crawford
  • Phil Geier
  • Dick Harley
  • Topsy Hartsel
  • Algie McBride
  • Mike Smith
  • Bob Allen

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
CHeinie Peitz9129475.255234
1BJake Beckley141558190.341294
2BJoe Quinn7426673.274025
SSTommy Corcoran127523128.245154
3BHarry Steinfeldt134510125.245266
OFSam Crawford101389101.260759
OFAlgie McBride112436120.275459
OFJimmy Barrett137545172.316542

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
Charlie Irwin8733391.273144
Mike Kahoe5217533.18919
Bob Wood4513937.266022
Phil Geier3011329.257010
Mike Smith2911131.279118
Topsy Hartsel186421.32825
Dick Harley5219.42905
Bob Allen5152.13301

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
Ed Scott42315.017203.8687
Noodles Hahn39311.116203.27132
Doc Newton36235.29154.1289
Bill Phillips29207.19114.3050
Ted Breitenstein24192.110103.6539

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
Archie Stimmel213.0116.922


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