Curious about what the worst losing streak the Reds ever had to end a season (we closed losing six games last year), I came across the woeful 1876 Cincinnati Reds from the inaugural NL season. Technically this club is considered a precursor to the present franchise, being ejected from the league following the 1880 season because they sold beer and played on Sundays. Our current Reds trace their history from the American Association club in 1881, winning that year's championship.
But this 1876 team; oh my goodness, they were not a winning club. They finished last with a 9-56 record (no that's not a typo). They started the season 3-2 and proceeded to only win six more games, only winning back to back once in July. Here's the Baseball-Reference link for the team.
I've attached an account from the July 11, 1876 Enquirer reporting on a game played the preceding day against a New Haven team which wasn't in the league. The article suggested that the "New Havens" would be in the league, but that did not happen. The team had just beat the Athletics two games in a row, their 5th & 6th victory and they'd only win three more times for the remainder of the season. The account is typical of how stories back then were told. It really makes Redszone sound like sunshine and lollipops. I think folks will enjoy.
For those of you who have Cincinnati library cards, the Enquirer archives from 1841 to 1922 are available to read the research link, then choose Genealogy. I've filled in a number of genealogy questions from there (even find a sister my grandmother had who died before my Grandma was born). But it's been fun to read some of the Reds stories.
Enjoy. I know this year's club will be much better than this.