Re: 1965 Cincinnati Reds
1964 and 1965 were an odd combination of seasons. In 1964 the Reds lost the pennant on the final day of the season, carried primarily by the best pitching staff in the NL. Although the Dodgers had a slightly better team ERA, 3.47 to 3.49, the Reds actually allowed fewer runs, 566 to 572, and did so with Crosley Field as their home park, a more hitter friendly venue than Dodger Stadium. The Reds fell short because of a mediocre offense, scoring 660 runs, fifth in the NL.
In 1965 the Reds had a terrific offense. While other Reds teams have scored more runs than the 825 posted by the '65 Reds, that was a wonderful total in the mini-dead era of the mid-1960s, when runs were hard to come by. I once had a book which ranked the 1965 Reds as having one of the ten best offenses of all time. Their 825 runs were 117 more than the total scored by the NL's second best offense, the Milwaukee Braves.
Unfortunately, the 1965 Reds finsihed 7th in the 10 team NL in runs allowed, surrendering 704 (LA only allowed 521). As a result, the Reds finished fourth. After the 1965 season, Reds owner Bill DeWitt decided to trade away part of the Reds apparent overabundance of hitting to get more pitching, dealing away Frank Robinson for Milt Pappas and a couple of others.
If the Reds had been able to combine their 1964 pitching staff with their 1965 offense, they would have run away with the NL title.
"Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."
Last edited by RedsBaron; 06-12-2007 at 06:41 AM.