1871 Boston Red Stockings

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1871 Boston Red Stockings / Franchise: Boston Red Stockings / BR Team Page[edit]

Record: 20-10, Finished 3rd in National Association

Managed by Harry Wright

Ballpark: South End Grounds

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The 1871 Boston Red Stockings were a team full of famous baseball pioneers. The team finished the 1871 season at 20-10, only two games out of first place.

Harry Wright at age 36 was a decade older than anyone else on the team except Dave Birdsall. He both managed the team and played center field, as well as serving as a backup pitcher. His younger brother George Wright, appearing in 16 games for the team (about half the games), had the second highest batting average at .413 and the highest slugging percentage at .625.

The highest batting average belonged to Cal McVey, one of the decade's great hitters, who hit .431 at age 21. Ross Barnes, also 21, would go on to win three batting championships in the 1870's.

Birdsall, at age 32, had been famous as a catcher in the amateur days of the 1860's, but played outfield in 1871, his only full season in the National Association.

The regular pitcher was Al Spalding, a dominant pitcher during the 1870's and later to found the Spalding sporting goods business. Spalding, who was only 20 in 1871, would go on to win as many as 55 games in 1875. Of course, he could not win nearly as many in 1871 because the team only played 31 games.

Manager Harry Wright would go on to manage every year through 1893.