1912 Cincinnati Reds
1912 Cincinnati Reds / Franchise: Cincinnati Reds / BR Team Page
Managed by Hank O'Day
Coach: Heinie Peitz
History, Comments, Contributions
The 1912 Cincinnati Reds went outside the box to find a new manager for the season, hiring long-time (and still active) umpire Hank O'Day for the job. He got the team off to a great start, as they were 22-6 after a win over the New York Giants on May 19th. That proved to be their high point, however; the Giants won the final three games of the series, then started off on a road trip where their record was 8-16, ending any hopes of a pennant. They were in fourth place at the end of the trip, and that's where they ended up at the end of the season. O'Day returned to umpiring the following season, only to be lured back to the dugout a year later, this time by the Chicago Cubs.
Johnny Bates was the team's hottest hitter in the early going, but he went down with a severely sprained ankle on May 18th and missed a full month as a result, coinciding with the Reds' tumble from first place.