1976 Cincinnati Reds season

The 1976 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The Reds entered the season as the reigning world champs. The Reds dominated the league all season, and won their second consecutive National League West title with a record of 102–60, best record in MLB and finished 10 games ahead of the runner-up Los Angeles Dodgers. They went on to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1976 National League Championship Series in three straight games, and then win their second consecutive World Series title in four straight games over the New York Yankees. They were the third and most recent National League team to achieve this distinction, and the first since the 192122 New York Giants. The Reds drew 2,629,708 fans to their home games at Riverfront Stadium, an all-time franchise attendance record. [1] The Reds went 49–32 at home and 53–28 on the road in 1976. The 76 Reds are considered by many as one of the greatest baseball teams ever to play. The Reds scored 857 runs in 1976, easily the most in the league that season. Their +224 run differential was also the best in the league in 1976. As of 2017, the Reds are the only team in baseball history to sweep through an entire postseason since the addition of divisions. The Reds went 7–0 in postseason play in 1976.

1976 Cincinnati Reds
1976 World Series Champions
1976 National League Champions
1976 NL West Champions
Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record102–60 (.630)
Divisional place1st
Other information
Owner(s)Louis Nippert
General manager(s)Bob Howsam
Manager(s)Sparky Anderson
Local televisionWLWT
(Ken Coleman, Bill Brown)
Local radioWLW
(Marty Brennaman, Joe Nuxhall)
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Offseason

Regular season

Season summary

The "Big Red Machine" was at the height of its power in the 1976 season, with four future Hall-of-Famers (Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tony Pérez, and manager Sparky Anderson), the future MLB all-time hits leader Pete Rose, and a notable supporting line up including Dave Concepción at shortstop, and Ken Griffey, César Gerónimo, and George Foster in the outfield.

The Reds retained their NL pennant by winning the NLCS in three games over the Phillies, and their second consecutive World Series title by defeating the Yankees in four games, becoming only the second team to sweep a World Series from the Yankees (following the 1963 Los Angeles Dodgers). By sweeping both the Phillies and Yankees, the Reds became the first and only team to have a perfect postseason since the League Championship Series was started in 1969. Joe Morgan was the NL's Most Valuable Player for the second straight season and Johnny Bench was the World Series MVP.

To celebrate the National League's 100th anniversary, the Reds and several other teams adopted pillbox-style caps.

Season standings

NL West W L Pct. GB Home Road
Cincinnati Reds 102 60 0.630 49–32 53–28
Los Angeles Dodgers 92 70 0.568 10 49–32 43–38
Houston Astros 80 82 0.494 22 46–36 34–46
San Francisco Giants 74 88 0.457 28 40–41 34–47
San Diego Padres 73 89 0.451 29 42–38 31–51
Atlanta Braves 70 92 0.432 32 34–47 36–45

Record vs. opponents

1976 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12]
Team ATL CHC CIN HOU LAD MON NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL
Atlanta 6–6 6–12 7–11 8–10 8–4 4–8 5–7 3–9 10–8 9–9 4–8
Chicago 6–6 3–9 5–7 3–9 11–7 5–13 8–10 8–10 6–6 8–4 12–6
Cincinnati 12–6 9–3 12–6 13–5 9–3 6–6 5–7 8–4 13–5 9–9 6–6
Houston 11–7 7–5 6–12 5–13 10–2 6–6 4–8 2–10 10–8 10–8 9–3
Los Angeles 10–8 9–3 5–13 13–5 10–2 7–5 5–7 9–3 6–12 8–10 10–2
Montreal 4–8 7–11 3–9 2–10 2–10 8–10 3–15 8–10 4–8 7–5 7–11
New York 8–4 13–5 6–6 6–6 5–7 10–8 5–13 10–8 7–5 7–5 9–9
Philadelphia 7-5 10–8 7–5 8–4 7–5 15–3 13–5 8–10 8–4 6–6 12–6
Pittsburgh 9–3 10–8 4–8 10–2 3–9 10–8 8–10 10–8 7–5 9–3 12–6
San Diego 8–10 6–6 5–13 8–10 12–6 8–4 5–7 4–8 5–7 8–10 4–8
San Francisco 9–9 4–8 9–9 8–10 10–8 5–7 5–7 6–6 3–9 10–8 5–7
St. Louis 8–4 6–12 6–6 3–9 2–10 11–7 9–9 6–12 6–12 8–4 7–5

Notable transactions

Roster

1976 Cincinnati Reds
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Coaches

Game Log

Game Log

Player stats

=Indicates team leader

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos=Position; G=Games played; AB=At bats; R=Runs scored; H=Hits; Avg.=Batting average; HR=Home runs; RBI=Runs batted in; SB=Stolen Bases

Pos Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
C Johnny Bench 135 465 62 109 .234 16 74 13
1B Tony Pérez 139 527 77 137 .260 19 91 10
2B Joe Morgan 141 472 113 151 .320 27 111 60
3B Pete Rose 162 665 130 215 .323 10 63 9
SS Dave Concepción 152 576 74 162 .281 9 69 21
LF George Foster 144 562 86 172 .306 29 121 17
CF César Gerónimo 149 486 59 149 .307 2 49 22
RF Ken Griffey 148 562 111 189 .336 6 74 34

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Other batters

Note: G=Games played; AB=At bats; R=Runs scored; H=Hits; Avg.=Batting average; HR=Home runs; RBI=Runs batted in; SB=Stolen Bases

Player G AB R H Avg. HR RBI SB
Dan Driessen 98 219 32 54 .247 7 44 14
Doug Flynn 93 219 20 62 .283 1 20 2
Mike Lum 84 136 15 31 .228 3 20 0
Bob Bailey 69 124 17 37 .298 6 23 0
Bill Plummer 56 153 16 38 .248 4 19 0
Joel Youngblood 55 57 8 11 .193 0 1 1
Don Werner 3 4 0 2 .500 0 1 0

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
Gary Nolan 34 239.1 15 9 3.46 113
Pat Zachry 38 204 14 7 2.74 143
Fred Norman 33 180.1 12 7 3.10 126
Jack Billingham 34 177 12 10 4.32 76
Santo Alcalá 30 132 11 4 4.70 67
Don Gullett 23 126 11 3 3.00 64

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
Pat Darcy 11 39 2 3 6.23 15

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
Rawly Eastwick 71 11 5 26 2.09 70
Pedro Borbón 69 4 3 8 3.35 53
Manny Sarmiento 22 5 1 0 2.06 20
Rich Hinton 12 1 2 0 7.64 8
Joe Henderson 4 2 0 0 0.00 7

Postseason

NLCS

Game 1

October 9, Veterans Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 0 6 10 0
Philadelphia 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 6 1
W: Don Gullett (1–0)  L: Steve Carlton (0–1)   SV: None
HRs: CINGeorge Foster (1)   PHI – None

Reds starter Don Gullett held the Phils to two hits in eight strong innings and helped his own cause with an RBI single in the sixth and a two-run double in the eighth. George Foster added a solo homer.

Game 2

October 10, Veterans Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 6 6 0
Philadelphia 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 10 1
W: Pat Zachry (1–0)  L: Jim Lonborg (0–1)   SV: Pedro Borbón (1)
HRs: CIN – None   PHIGreg Luzinski (1)

Game 3

October 12, Riverfront Stadium

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Philadelphia 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 1 6 11 0
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 3 7 9 2
W: Rawly Eastwick (1–0)  L: Gene Garber (0–1)   SV: None
HRs: CINGeorge Foster (2)   Johnny Bench (1)   PHI – None

1976 World Series

Summary

Game Road Home Score Date Location Attendance Time of Game
1 Yankees Reds 5–1 Sat. Oct 16 (D) Riverfront Stadium 54,826 2:10
2 Yankees Reds 4–3 Sun. Oct 17 (N) Riverfront Stadium 54,816 2:33
3 Reds Yankees 6–2 Tue. Oct 19 (N) Yankee Stadium 56,667 2:40
4 Reds Yankees 7–2 Thu. Oct 21 (N) Yankee Stadium 56,700 2:36

Awards and honors

1976 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

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Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Indianapolis Indians American Association Jim Snyder
AA Trois-Rivières Aigles Eastern League Roy Majtyka
A Tampa Tarpons Florida State League Ron Brand
A-Short Season Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Greg Riddoch
Rookie Billings Mustangs Pioneer League Jim Hoff

Notes

  1. ^ "Cincinnati Reds Attendance Records". Baseball Almanac.
  2. ^ Joaquín Andújar at Baseball Reference
  3. ^ Rich Hinton at Baseball Reference
  4. ^ Merv Rettenmund at Baseball Reference
  5. ^ "1976 Cincinnati Reds Batting, Pitching, & Fielding Statistics". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
  6. ^ "1976 All-Star Game". Baseball-almanac.com. July 13, 1976. Retrieved June 8, 2012.

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