1871 Boston Red Stockings season

1871 Boston Red Stockings season

The Boston Red Stockings were formed in 1871 by Boston businessman and Ashburnham native Ivers Whitney Adams. The team was composed of former players of the defunct Cincinnati Red Stockings franchise, who were brought to Boston and kept the name with them. Led and managed by baseball pioneer Harry Wright, the new Boston team would join the newly formed National Association of Professional Base Ball Players for the 1871 season and finish the year in third place with a record of 20-10.

Pitcher Al Spalding started all 31 of the Red Stockings' games and led the NA with 19 wins. Catcher Cal McVey finished second in the league batting race with a .431 average. From this team, Harry Wright, Al Spalding, and shortstop George Wright have all been elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Regular season

Season standings

National Association W L GB Pct.
Philadelphia Athletics 21 7 -- .750
Chicago White Stockings 19 9 2.0 .679
Boston Red Stockings 20 10 2.0 .667
Washington Olympics 15 15 7.0 .500
New York Mutuals 16 17 7.5 .485
Troy Haymakers 13 15 8.0 .464
Fort Wayne Kekiongas 7 12 9.5 .368
Cleveland Forest Citys 10 19 11.5 .345
Rockford Forest Citys 4 21 15.5 .160

Roster

1871 Boston Red Stockings
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

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 McVey, CalCal McVey 29 153 66 .431 0 43
1B Gould, CharlieCharlie Gould 31 151 43 .285 2 32
2B Barnes, RossRoss Barnes 31 157 63 .401 0 34
SS Wright, GeorgeGeorge Wright 16 80 33 .413 0 11
3B Schafer, HarryHarry Schafer 31 149 42 .282 0 28
OF Cone, FredFred Cone 19 77 20 .260 0 16
OF Birdsall, DaveDave Birdsall 29 152 46 .303 0 24
OF Wright, HarryHarry Wright 31 147 44 .299 0 26

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
Barrows, FrankFrank Barrows 18 86 13 .151 0 11
Jackson, SamSam Jackson 16 76 17 .224 0 11

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
Spalding, AlAl Spalding 31 257.1 19 10 3.36 23

Relief 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
Wright, HarryHarry Wright 9 18.2 1 0 6.27 0

References

  • 1871 Boston Red Stockings season at Baseball Reference