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[edit] 1971 Cincinnati Reds / Franchise: Cincinnati Reds / BR Team Page

Record: 79-83, Finished 5th in NL Western Division (1971 NL)

Managed by Sparky Anderson

Ballpark: Riverfront Stadium

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The 1971 Cincinnati Reds were the only Reds team of the 1970's that finished under .500. Many of the teams in the 1970's won over 90 games, and in 1970, even before Joe Morgan came to the team, the 1970 Reds won 102 games.

The 1971 Reds, in spite of having a losing record, did score more runs than they gave up. However, Riverfront Stadium was a bit of a pitcher's park in 1971 and many of the players had off-seasons to add to the hitting disadvantage. Veteran Pete Rose had by far the highest batting average on the team, but was not among the league leaders. Lee May's 39 home runs placed him third in the league, but he was traded in the off-season in the big Joe Morgan trade that involved eight players.

Youngsters on the team included 23-year-old Johnny Bench, 22-year-old George Foster, and 23-year-old Dave Concepcion.

Youngsters on the pitching staff included 20-year-old Don Gullett who went 16-6 and 21-year-old Ross Grimsley who went 10-7.

It was manager Sparky Anderson's second year of managing the team, in a string of nine seasons with the Reds before he moved for an even longer period to the Detroit Tigers.


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