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1969 Cincinnati Reds season

1969 Cincinnati Reds
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Cincinnati, Ohio (since 1882)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Francis L. Dale
    General manager(s) Bob Howsam
    Manager(s) Dave Bristol
    Local television WLW
    (Ed Kennedy, Pee Wee Reese)
    Local radio WLW
    (Jim McIntyre, Joe Nuxhall)
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    The 1969 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. It consisted of the Reds finishing in third place in the newly established National League West, four games behind the NL West champion Atlanta Braves. The Reds were managed by Dave Bristol, and played their home games at Crosley Field, which was in its final full season of operation, before moving into their new facility in the middle of the following season.

    Offseason

    Divisional alignment

    1969 not only marked the 100th anniversary of the original Cincinnati Red Stockings being the first fully professional baseball team, but it also marked the first year of divisional play in Major League Baseball. The Reds (along with the Atlanta Braves) were placed in the NL West division, despite being located further east than the 2 westernmost teams in the NL East division, the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals. This was because the New York Mets wanted to be in the same division as the reigning power in the NL, which were the Cardinals at the time (to compensate for playing against the Dodgers and Giants fewer times each season). The Cubs consequently demanded to be in the NL East as well in order to continue playing in the same division as the Cardinals, one of the Cubs' biggest rivals. A side effect of this alignment is that it set the stage for what is considered one of the greatest pennant races – and comebacks in such a race – in MLB history (see 1969 New York Mets season for more info).

    Regular season

    Season standings

    NL West W L GB Pct.
    Atlanta Braves 93 69 -- .574
    San Francisco Giants 90 72 3 .556
    Cincinnati Reds 89 73 4 .549
    Los Angeles Dodgers 85 77 8 .525
    Houston Astros 81 81 12 .500
    San Diego Padres 52 110 41 .321

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    1969 Cincinnati Reds
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders

    Other batters

    Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    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
    C Bench, JohnnyJohnny Bench 148 532 156 .293 26 90

    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

    Pitching

    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
    Arrigo, GerryGerry Arrigo 20 91 4 7 4.15 35
    Queen, MelMel Queen 2 12 1 0 2.25 7

    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
    Fisher, JackJack Fisher 34 113 4 4 5.50 55

    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
    Carroll, ClayClay Carroll 77 12 6 7 3.52 90
    Jackson, AlAl Jackson 33 1 0 3 5.27 16
    Ribant, DennisDennis Ribant 7 0 0 0 1.08 7

    Awards and honors

    Farm system

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    References

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