1968 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1968 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. It consisted of the Reds finishing in fourth in the National League, with a record of 83–79, 14 games behind the St. Louis Cardinals. The Reds were managed by Dave Bristol and played their home games at Crosley Field. The team had 5,767 at bats, a single season National League record.[1] The Reds as a team led all of MLB this season in runs scored (690) and in batting average (.273).

1968 Cincinnati Reds
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s)Francis Dale
General manager(s)Bob Howsam
Manager(s)Dave Bristol
Local televisionWLW
(Ed Kennedy, Frank McCormick)
Local radioWCKY
(Jim McIntyre, Joe Nuxhall)
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Regular season

Catcher Johnny Bench won the NL's Rookie of the Year Award.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 9765 0.599 47–34 50–31
San Francisco Giants 8874 0.543 9 42–39 46–35
Chicago Cubs 8478 0.519 13 47–34 37–44
Cincinnati Reds 8379 0.512 14 40–41 43–38
Atlanta Braves 8181 0.500 16 41–40 40–41
Pittsburgh Pirates 8082 0.494 17 40–41 40–41
Los Angeles Dodgers 7686 0.469 21 41–40 35–46
Philadelphia Phillies 7686 0.469 21 38–43 38–43
New York Mets 7389 0.451 24 32–49 41–40
Houston Astros 7290 0.444 25 42–39 30–51

Record vs. opponents

Atlanta 8–1010–811–79–912–6–111–76–129–95–13
Chicago 10–87–1110–812–68–109–910–89–9–19–9
Cincinnati 8–1011–79–99–910–811–710–8–18–107–11
Houston 7–118–109–911–710–89–95–138–105–13
Los Angeles 9–96–129–97–117–1110–810–89–99–9
New York 6–12–110–88–108–1011–78–109–97–116–12
Philadelphia 7–119–97–119–98–1010–89–99–98–10
Pittsburgh 12–68–108–10–113–58–109–99–97–116–12
San Francisco 9–99–9–110–810–89–911–79–911–710–8
St. Louis 13–59–911–713–59–912–610–812–68–10


1968 Cincinnati Reds
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager
  •  4 Dave Bristol


  • 10 Vern Benson (Third base)
  •  2 Jim Bragan (First base)
  •  3 Mel Harder (Pitching)
  •  9 Hal Smith (Bullpen)

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
CJohnny Bench154564155.2751582
1BLee May146559162.2902280
2BTommy Helms127507146.288247
SSLeo Cárdenas137452106.235741
3BTony Pérez160625176.2821892
LFAlex Johnson149603188.312258
CFVada Pinson130499135.271548
RFPete Rose149626210.3351049

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
Mack Jones10323459.2521034
Fred Whitfield8717144.257632
Chico Ruiz8513936.25909
Woody Woodward5611929.244010
Don Pavletich469828.286211
Jim Beauchamp315715.263214
Pat Corrales205615.26806
Hal McRae175110.19602
Bob Johnson16154.26701
Jimmie Schaffer461.16701

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
George Culver42226.011163.23114
Jim Maloney33207.016103.61181
Gerry Arrigo36205.112103.33140
Gary Nolan23150.0942.40111
Tony Cloninger1791.1434.0465
Mel Queen518.1015.8920
John Tsitouris312.2037.116

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
Milt Pappas1562.2255.6043

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
Clay Carroll5877172.2961
Ted Abernathy78107132.4664
Bob Lee442435.1534
Bill Kelso354114.0039
Billy McCool303424.9730
Jay Ritchie282304.6132
Ted Davidson231006.237
Dan McGinn140105.2516

Awards and honors

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians Pacific Coast League Don Zimmer
AA Asheville Tourists Southern League Sparky Anderson
A Tampa Tarpons Florida State League George Scherger
A-Short Season Sioux Falls Packers Northern League Jim Snyder
Rookie GCL Reds Gulf Coast League Bill Lajoie



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  2. Clyde Mashore at Baseball Reference
  3. Bill Kelso at Baseball Reference
  4. Chris Chambliss at Baseball Reference
  5. Jimy Williams at Baseball Reference
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  7. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007


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