1901 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1901 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The team finished in last place in the eight-team National League with a record of 52 wins and 87 losses, 38 games behind the Pittsburgh Pirates.

1901 Cincinnati Reds
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s)John T. Brush[1]
Manager(s)Bid McPhee
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Regular season

The Cincinnati Reds continued to rebuild by adding younger players to their roster in 1901. They finished the 1900 season with a 62–77 record, finishing in seventh place in the National League.

The team dismissed manager Bob Allen after only one season, and replaced him with Reds legend Bid McPhee. McPhee had played second base for Cincinnati from 1882–1899. The Reds acquired a new shortstop, as George Magoon joined the club. He last played in the majors in 1899, splitting time between the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Orphans. Dick Harley, who played in only five games with the Reds in 1900, would get a starting job in left field. Harley's last full season was in 1899 with the Cleveland Spiders, when he hit .250 with a homer and 50 RBI.

Sam Crawford was a bright spot for the team, as he batted .330 with a league high sixteen home runs, while driving in 104 runners to lead the team offensively. Jake Beckley was solid once again, hitting .307 with three home runs and 79 RBI.

On the mound, Noodles Hahn had a very solid season, going 22–19 with a 2.71 ERA. Hahn led the league with 41 complete games, 375.1 innings pitched, and striking out 239 batters. Bill Phillips, with a 14–18 record and a 4.64 ERA, was the only other Cincinnati pitcher to have ten or more victories.

Season summary

Cincinnati got the season off on a good note, as they won four of their first five games to take a very early first place lead in the National League. The Reds would continue to hold on to first place through twenty-three games in, as they had a 15–8 record, a one-game lead over the New York Giants. Even though Cincinnati went 5–6 in their next eleven games, they held on to a first place tie with the Giants before losing ten games in a row to fall to seventh place with a 20–24 record. Some of their losses were lopsided, as the Reds lost 25–13 to the Giants to begin their losing streak, and in their tenth loss, they were on the wrong side of a 21–3 pasting by the Brooklyn Superbas.

After snapping their ten-game losing streak with a victory over the Philadelphia Phillies, the Reds lost four more in a row, including losses of 8–0 and 19–1 to the Phillies. Cincinnati continued to struggle for the rest of the season, falling into the cellar, and finished the year with a 52–87 record, 38 games behind the pennant-winning Pittsburgh Pirates. This marked the first time in team history that the Reds finished the season in last place.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 9049 0.647 45–24 45–25
Philadelphia Phillies 8357 0.593 46–23 37–34
Brooklyn Superbas 7957 0.581 43–25 36–32
St. Louis Cardinals 7664 0.543 14½ 40–31 36–33
Boston Beaneaters 6969 0.500 20½ 41–29 28–40
Chicago Orphans 5386 0.381 37 30–39 23–47
New York Giants 5285 0.380 37 30–38 22–47
Cincinnati Reds 5287 0.374 38 27–43 25–44

Record vs. opponents

Boston 10–1013–611–8–114–6–17–135–159–11
Brooklyn 10–1013–714–6–111–611–911–89–11
Chicago 6–137–1310–1011–9–13–176–1410–10
Cincinnati 8–11–16–14–110–108–124–167–139–11–1
New York 6–14–16–119–11–112–88–124–16–17–13–1
Philadelphia 13–79–1117–316–412–87–139–11
Pittsburgh 15–58–1114–613–716–4–113–711–9
St. Louis 11–911–910–1011–9–113–7–111–99–11


1901 Cincinnati Reds
Pitchers Catchers


  • Harry Bay
  • Sam Crawford
  • John Dobbs
  • Dick Harley
  • Algie McBride

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
CBill Bergen8730855.179117
1BJake Beckley140580178.307379
2BHarry Steinfeldt10538295.249647
SSGeorge Magoon127460116.252153
3BCharlie Irwin6726062.238025
OFSam Crawford131515170.33016104
OFJohn Dobbs109435119.274227
OFDick Harley133535146.273427

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
Heinie Peitz8226982.305124
Bill Fox4315928.17607
Harry Bay4115733.21013
Algie McBride3012329.236218
Tommy Corcoran3111524.209015
Pete O'Brien165411.20413
Jerry Hurley9211.04800
Emil Haberer6183.16701
John Heileman5152.13301
Mike Kahoe4134.30800
Charlie Krause141.25000

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
Noodles Hahn42375.122192.71239
Bill Phillips37281.114184.64109
Doc Newton20168.14134.1265
Archie Stimmel20153.14144.1155
Whitey Guese644.1146.0911
Charlie Case327.0124.675
Len Swormstedt326.0211.7313
Gus Weyhing19.0013.003
Doc Parker18.00115.750

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
Jack Sutthoff1070.1165.5012
Barney McFadden846.0346.0711
Amos Rusie322.0018.596
Dick Scott321.0025.147
Crese Heismann313.2015.936


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