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Boston Red Stockings

National Association Pennant: 1872, 1873, 1874, 1875

Home Fields: South End Grounds I (May 16, 1871- Oct. 30, 1875) 114-22-1 (.836); Hampton Park, Springfield, MA (July 16, 1873 and May 14, 1875) 2-0 (1.000); Adelaide Avenue Grounds (June 22, 1875) 1-0 (1.000)

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[edit] Introduction

The Boston Red Stockings was the name of the powerful franchise assembled by Harry Wright which was the class of the National Association during its five-year existence. Throughout this five-year run, the team was managed by Wright, and won four pennants The Red Stockings franchise's combined record from 1871 to 1875 was 225 wins against 60 losses and 7 ties for a .783 win percentage.

Harry Wright had been the captain of the Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first-ever professional baseball team. When he moved to Boston with a number of the team's best players, he took the name along with him, but then let it go out of deference to the city of Cincinnati, OH, when the Cincinnati Reds (then known as the Red Stockings too) became charter members of the National League alongside the Boston franchise in 1876. The Boston National league club thus was officially named the Boston Red Caps, although the name "Red Stockings" was still largely used by fans and sportswriters. Ironically, it was eventually officially adopted in by the new Boston Red Sox of the American League, while the original Boston Red Stockings became mostly known as the Boston Braves and are the direct ancestors of today's Atlanta Braves.

[edit] 1871

In their first year of play, the team finished in third place with a record of 20-10-1.

[edit] 1872

The 1872 team finished in first place for the first time and picked up their first Pennant. The team finished the season with a record of 39-8-1.

[edit] 1873

The 1873 team finished in first place for the second year in a row, and picked up their second franchise Pennant. The team finished the season with a record of 43-16-1.

[edit] 1874

The 1874 team finished in first place for the third year in a row, and picked up their third franchise Pennant. The team finished the season with a record of 52-18-1.

[edit] 1875

The 1875 team finished in first place for the fourth year in a row, and picked up their fourth franchise pennant. The team finished the season with a record of 71-8-3.

[edit] Further Reading

  • Troy Soos: Before the Curse: The Glory Days of New England Baseball, 1858-1918, McFarland, Jefferson, NC, 2006.
  • 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)

Other source: http://sabr.org/bioproj/person/eb17c14e

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