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1969 Cincinnati Reds season

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Owner(s)  Francis L. Dale
Manager(s)  Dave Bristol
General manager(s)  Bob Howsam
1969 Cincinnati Reds season
Local television  WLW (Ed Kennedy, Pee Wee Reese)
Local radio  WLW (Jim McIntyre, Joe Nuxhall)

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.

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Offseason

  • October 14, 1968: Jimy Williams was drafted from the Reds by the Montreal Expos as the 32nd pick in the 1968 MLB expansion draft.
  • December 5, 1968: Don Pavletich and Don Secrist were traded by the Reds to the Chicago White Sox for Jack Fisher.
  • March 18, 1969: Bill Kelso was purchased from the Reds by the Boston Red Sox.
  • March 29, 1969: Bill Kelso was returned to the Reds by the Boston Red Sox.
  • 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).

    Notable transactions

  • June 5, 1969: 1969 Major League Baseball Draft
  • Nardi Contreras was drafted by the Reds in the 12th round.
  • Ken Griffey, Sr. was drafted by the Reds in the 29th round.
  • June 13, 1969: Al Jackson was purchased by the Reds from the New York Mets.
  • June 14, 1969: Aurelio Monteagudo was traded by the Reds to the St. Louis Cardinals for Dennis Ribant.
  • Starters by position

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

    Other batters

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

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Awards and honors

  • Pete Rose, National League batting champion
  • Pete Rose, Lou Gehrig Award
  • Johnny Bench, Marathon Oil Cincinnati Reds Player of the Year
  • References

    1969 Cincinnati Reds season Wikipedia


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