1970 Cincinnati Reds season: Wikis

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1970 Cincinnati Reds
1970 National League Champions
1970 NL West Champions
Major league affiliations
Location
1970 information
Owner(s) Francis Dale
General manager(s) Bob Howsam
Manager(s) Sparky Anderson
Local television WLW
(Ed Kennedy, Pee Wee Reese)
Local radio WLW
(Jim McIntyre, Joe Nuxhall)

The Cincinnati Reds' 1970 season consisted of the Reds winning the National League West title with a record of 102-60, 14½ games ahead of the runner-up Los Angeles Dodgers. Buyoed by an all-star lineup that included third-baseman Tony Perez, MVP catcher Johnny Bench, right fielder Pete Rose, center fielder Bobby Tolan and first baseman Lee May, the Reds got off to a 70-30 start. The Reds, who were near the bottom of the NL in pitching in 1969, were aided by a young staff that included Gary Nolan (22), rookies Wayne Simpson (21) and Don Gullett (19), Jim Merritt (26) and record-setting reliever Wayne Granger. Simpson, a tall righty who started the season 9-0 earning an all-star berth, was 14-3 before he suffered a season-ending arm injury with 30 games left. The Reds defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates in three straight games, to win their first National League pennant since 1961, but additional injuries to Merritt and Granger caught up to the Reds against the Baltimore Orioles in the World Series losing in five games. In three losses, the Reds had leads of 3-0, 4-0 and 3-0. The Reds' only win came in Game 4 on a Lee May 3-run home run in the eighth inning. The Reds were managed by first-year manager George "Sparky" Anderson and played their home games at Crosley Field during the first part of the year, before moving into the then-new Riverfront Stadium on June 30. The Reds hosted the All-Star Game on July 14, with the NL All-Stars winning the game as Rose crashed into catcher Ray Fosse to score the game winner.

Contents

Offseason

Regular season

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Season standings

NL West W L GB Pct.
Cincinnati Reds 102 60 -- .630
Los Angeles Dodgers 87 73 14.5 .540
San Francisco Giants 86 76 16 .531
Houston Astros 79 83 23 .488
Atlanta Braves 76 86 26 .469
San Diego Padres 63 99 39 .389

Notable transactions

Riverfront Stadium

Riverfront Stadium was opened in 1970, and it was the home of the Cincinnati Reds National League baseball team and the Cincinnati Bengals National Football League team. Located on the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati, the stadium was best known as the home of "The Big Red Machine," as the Reds were often called in the 1970s. Construction began on February 1, 1968 and was completed at a cost of less than $50 million. On June 30, 1970, the Reds hosted the Atlanta Braves in their grand opening, with Hank Aaron hitting the first ever home run at Riverfront. Two weeks later on July 14, Riverfront hosted the 1970 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. This game is most remembered for the often-replayed collision at home plate between the home-grown Pete Rose and catcher Ray Fosse of the Cleveland Indians.

Roster

1970 Cincinnati Reds roster
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders 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 158 605 177 .293 45 148
1B May, LeeLee May 153 605 153 .253 34 94
2B Helms, TommyTommy Helms 150 575 136 .237 1 45
3B Pérez, TonyTony Pérez 158 587 186 .317 40 129
SS Concepción, DaveDave Concepción 101 265 69 .260 1 19
LF Carbo, BernieBernie Carbo 125 365 113 .310 21 63
CF Tolan, BobbyBobby Tolan 152 589 186 .316 16 80
RF Rose, PetePete Rose 159 649 205 .316 15 52

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
Cline, TyTy Cline 48 63 17 .270 0 8

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
McGlothlin, JimJim McGlothlin 35 210.2 14 10 3.59 97

Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Behney, MelMel Behney 5 10 0 2 4.50 2

Relief pitchers

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Carroll, ClayClay Carroll 65 9 4 16 2.59 63
Borbón, PedroPedro Borbón 12 0 2 0 6.75 6
Belinsky, BoBo Belinsky 3 0 0 0 4.50 6

Postseason

1970 National League Championship Series

Game One

October 3, Three Rivers Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 3 9 0
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
W: Gary Nolan (1-0)  L: Dock Ellis (0-1)  SV: Clay Carroll (1)
HRs: None

Game Two

October 4, Three Rivers Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 8 1
Pittsburgh 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 2
W: Jim Merritt (1-0)  L: Luke Walker (0-1)  SV: Don Gullett (1)
HRs: CINBobby Tolan (1)

Game Three

October 5, Riverfront Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Pittsburgh 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 10 0
Cincinnati 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 X 3 5 0
W: Milt Wilcox (1-0)  L: Bob Moose (0-1)  SV: Don Gullett (2)
HRs: CINTony Pérez (1), Johnny Bench (1)

1970 World Series

1970 World Series (4-1): Baltimore Orioles (A.L.) over Cincinnati Reds (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Baltimore Orioles 4 3 6 3 8 5 2 2 0 33 50 5
Cincinnati Reds 7 2 4 0 1 1 2 3 0 20 35 3
Total Attendance: 253,183   Average Attendance: 50,637
Winning Player’s Share: – $18,216,   Losing Player’s Share – $13,688 *Includes Playoffs and World Series

Awards and honors

  • Johnny Bench, National League MVP Award (He was the youngest National League player in the 20th century to win the MVP Award.)[11]

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians American Association Vern Rapp
AA Asheville Tourists Southern League Jim Snyder
A Tampa Tarpons Florida State League Dick Kennedy
Short-Season A Sioux Falls Packers Northern League Russ Nixon
Rookie GCL Reds Gulf Coast League Ron Plaza

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Notes

  1. ^ Mel Queen page at Baseball Reference
  2. ^ Pedro Ramos page at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Joaquín Andújar page at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Pedro Borbón page at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ Jack Fisher page at Baseball Reference
  6. ^ Joel Youngblood page at Baseball Reference
  7. ^ Bo Belinsky page at Baseball Reference
  8. ^ Al Jackson page at Baseball Reference
  9. ^ Ray Knight page at Baseball Reference
  10. ^ Clyde Mashore page at Baseball Reference
  11. ^ Great Baseball Feats, Facts and Figures, 2008 Edition, p.152, David Nemec and Scott Flatow, A Signet Book, Penguin Group, New York, NY, ISBN 978-0-451-22363-0
  12. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007

References

Preceded by
Atlanta Braves
1969
NL West Championship Season
1970
Succeeded by
San Francisco Giants
1971
Preceded by
New York Mets
1969
National League Championship Season
1970
Succeeded by
Pittsburgh Pirates
1971

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