1971 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1971 Cincinnati Reds season consisted of the Reds finishing in a fourth place tie with the Houston Astros in the National League West, with a record of 79–83, 11 games behind the NL West champion San Francisco Giants. The Reds were managed by Sparky Anderson, and played their first full season of home games at Riverfront Stadium, which had opened at mid-season in the previous year. This was the team's only losing season of the 1970s.

1971 Cincinnati Reds
Major League affiliations
Record79–83 (.488)
Divisional place4th
Other information
Owner(s)Francis L. Dale
General manager(s)Bob Howsam
Manager(s)Sparky Anderson
Local televisionWLWT
(Tom Hedrick, Bob Waller)
Local radioWLW
(Al Michaels, Joe Nuxhall)
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  • October 20, 1970: Sonny Ruberto was sent to the Reds by the San Diego Padres in a conditional deal.[1]
  • March 31, 1971: Stan Swanson was traded by the Reds to the Montreal Expos for Jim Qualls.[2]

Regular season

Season standings

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
San Francisco Giants 9072 0.556 51–30 39–42
Los Angeles Dodgers 8973 0.549 1 42–39 47–34
Atlanta Braves 8280 0.506 8 43–39 39–41
Cincinnati Reds 7983 0.488 11 46–35 33–48
Houston Astros 7983 0.488 11 39–42 40–41
San Diego Padres 61100 0.379 28½ 33–48 28–52

Record vs. opponents

Atlanta 5–79–99–99–97–57–58–44–811–77–116–6
Chicago 7–56–65–78–48–1011–711–76–129–33–99–9
Cincinnati 9–96–65–137–117–58–45–75–710–89–98–4
Houston 9–97–513–58–104–85–78–44–810–89–92–10
Los Angeles 9–94–811–710–88–45–77–54–813–512–66–6
Montreal 5–710–85–78–44–89–96–127–116–57–54–14
New York 5–77–114–87–57–59–913–510–87–54–810–8
Philadelphia 4-87–112–103–95–76–105–136–124–86–67–11
Pittsburgh 8–412–67–58–48–411–78–1012–69–33–911–7
San Diego 7–113–98–108–105–135–65–78–43–95–134–8
San Francisco 11–79–39–99–96–125–78–46–69–313–55–7
St. Louis 6–69–94–810–26–614–48–1011–77–118–47–5

Notable transactions

  • May 29, 1971: Frank Duffy and Vern Geishert were traded by the Reds to the San Francisco Giants for George Foster.[3]
  • June 8, 1971: Dave Revering was drafted by the Reds in the 7th round of the 1971 Major League Baseball Draft.[4]


1971 Cincinnati Reds
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters

  • 22 Ángel Bravo


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 Bench149562134.2382761
1BLee May147553154.2783998
2BTommy Helms150547141.258352
SSDave Concepción13032767.205120
3BTony Pérez158609164.2692591
LFBernie Carbo10631068.219520
CFGeorge Foster10436886.2341050
RFPete Rose160632192.3041344

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
Hal McRae9933789.264934
Woody Woodward13627366.242018
Buddy Bradford7910020.200212
Ty Cline699719.19601
Pat Corrales409417.18106
Jimmy Stewart808219.23209
Willie Smith31559.16414
Al Ferrara32336.18215
Darrel Chaney10243.12501
Bill Plummer10190.00000
Frank Duffy13163.18801
Ángel Bravo551.20000

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
Gary Nolan35244.212153.16146
Don Gullett35217.21662.65107
Jim McGlothlin30170.28123.2293
Ross Grimsley26161.11073.5767
Wayne Simpson22117.1474.7661

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
Jim Merritt28107.01114.3738
Tony Cloninger2897.1363.3851
Milt Wilcox1843.1223.3221
Greg Garrett28.2011.042

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 Carroll61104152.5064
Wayne Granger7076113.3351
Joe Gibbon5056112.9434
Ed Sprague Sr.71000.007
Pedro Borbón30004.154
Steve Blateric200013.504

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians American Association Vern Rapp
AA Trois-Rivières Aigles Eastern League Jim Snyder
A Tampa Tarpons Florida State League Russ Nixon
A-Short Season Sioux Falls Packers Northern League Dave Pavlesic
Rookie GCL Reds Gulf Coast League Ron Plaza



  1. Sonny Ruberto page at Baseball Reference
  2. Stan Swanson page at Baseball Reference
  3. George Foster page at Baseball Reference
  4. Dave Revering page at Baseball Reference
  5. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007


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