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Boston Red Caps:

  • Win-Loss Record: 299-226-4 (.569)
  • Home Field: South End Grounds I: 169-96-2 (.637)
  • National League Pennants: 1877, 1878


[edit] Team History

The Boston Red Caps was the original name of the Boston, MA team that started play in the first season of the National League in 1876. The franchise had actually started in 1871, playing in the National Association as the Boston Red Stockings (1871-1875). From 1876 to 1882, the team that would eventually become the Atlanta Braves played as the Boston Red Caps. The name was chosen because the Cincinnati Reds, the original "Red Stockings" also were founding members of the National League, and owner Harry Wright deferred to the older association between the name and the city of Cincinnati, OH, selecting a new name for his squad.

The name was never particularly popular, and after the Reds resurfaced as members of the American Association, Boston sportswriters found other names for the name, with the Boston Beaneaters being generally recognized as the most prominent starting in 1883.

[edit] 1876

Under the leadership of Harry Wright, the team finished in fourth place with a record of 39-31.

[edit] 1877

Under the leadership of Harry Wright, the team finished in first place with a record of 42-18-1 and won the NL pennant.

[edit] 1878

The 1878 team again finished in first place and again won the NL Pennant under the leadership of Harry Wright. They finished the season with a record of 41-19.

[edit] 1879

The 1879 team fell to second place with a record of 54-30. Harry Wright still the manager.

[edit] 1880

1880 team fell all the way to 6th place with a record of 40-44-2. Harry Wright manager.

[edit] 1881

1881 team again 6th place finish. Record of 38-45. Harry Wright manager.

[edit] 1882

1882 team climbed up to a third place finish under the leadership of new manager John Morrill with a record of 45-39-1.

[edit] Further Reading

  • Peter Filichia: Green Cathedrals: The Ultimate Celebrations of All 273 Major League and Negro League Ballparks Past and Present, Addison Wesley Publishing Company (March 1993)
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