Reds notch 10,000 win in franchise history
Today’s victory over the Cubs marks the 10,000 win in Cincinnati Reds franchise history, dating back to 1882.
Why 1882 and not 1869, when the first professional team began playing in Cincinnati?
Chris Eckes, the chief curator at the Reds Hall of Fame & Museum, gives some insight into the win history of this storied franchise:
While the tradition of Reds baseball dates to the legendary 1869 Red Stockings and includes a Reds club that was a charter member of the National League in 1876, both of these incarnations of the Reds discontinued play as professional entities before today’s Reds franchise was born.
The Red Stockings ceased operation as a professional club after 1870 and the Reds team that was organized for play in the National League in 1876 was disbanded after the 1880 season. As a result, the statistical history of today’s Reds began in 1882 with the Reds club that was part of the inaugural season of the then Major League American Association.
From that club’s first victory on May 4, 1882 through the Reds’ victory over the Cardinal on April 19, 2012, the franchise had amassed 9,999 wins in its history.
On April 20, in a 9 t0 4 win at Wrigley Field over the Chicago Cubs, the Reds became only the sixth franchise in Major League history to reach the 10,000 win plateau.
The Reds franchise victory total includes 549 games the club won from 1882-1889 while playing in the American Association and 9,451 victories the club has amassed since joining the National League in 1890.
Season-by-season victory totals for the Reds and the other members of Major League Baseball’s 10,000 win club can be found at mlb.com and baseball-reference.com.