Year In Review : 1902 National League

O ff the field...

The National Bureau of the Census was established and later became part of the Department of Commerce, a federal executive department that was charged with promoting U.S. economic development and technological advancement. Among its tasks was the taking of censuses, promotion of American business at home and abroad, establishing standard weights and measures, and issuing patents and registering trademarks.

I n the American League...

The Cleveland Indians became the first American League team to hit three consecutive home runs in one inning as Nap Lajoie, Legs Hickman, and Bill Bradley all connected off St. Louis Browns pitcher Jack Harper (in the sixth) on the way to a 17-2 victory.

In July, the Baltimore Orioles were forced to forfeit a game to St. Louis and their team to the league. With only five players available for the line-up, the American League's front office borrowed back-up players from several other teams and maintained the franchise for the remainder of the season.

I n the National League...

In Chicago, the Cincinnati Reds Cy Seymour set a Major League record by hitting four sacrifice flies in a 6-1 win over the Colts (Cubs).

Pittsburgh Pirate Honus Wagner committed "Grand Larceny" after stealing second, third and home during the second game of an August 13 th doubleheader against the Boston Braves. Amazingly, it wasn't the first time as Wagner had originally accomplished the feat in 1899.

A round the league...

Former editor of the Louisville Commercial, Harry Pulliam was elected as the President of the National League. His reputation for honesty and businesslike approach to baseball helped forge a peace between the American and National Leagues that resulted in the "National Agreement" that governed baseball through 1920. In February of 1909 Pulliam began showing signs of mental illness and eventually suffered a nervous breakdown. Later that year he committed suicide by shooting himself in his room at the New York Athletic Club.

"I won't play for a penny less than fifteen hundred dollars." - Honus Wagner
1902 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Philadelphia

107

Batting Average

Pittsburgh

.357

Doubles

Pittsburgh

30

Hits

Pittsburgh

193

Home Runs

Pittsburgh

6

On Base Percentage

Philadelphia

.414

RBI

Pittsburgh

91

Runs

Pittsburgh

105

Slugging Average

Pittsburgh

.463

Stolen Bases

Pittsburgh

42

Total Bases

Cincinnati

256

Triples

Cincinnati

22

Pittsburgh

1902 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Boston

45

ERA

Chicago

1.33

Games

Boston

51

Saves

Boston

3

Shutouts

Pittsburgh

8

New York

Strikeouts

Boston

225

Winning Percentage

Pittsburgh

.824

Wins

Pittsburgh

28

1902 National League

Team Standings

Pittsburgh Pirates

103 36 .741 0

Brooklyn Superbas

75 63 .543

Boston Beaneaters

73 64 .533 29

Cincinnati Reds

70 70 .500 33½

Chicago Cubs

68 69 .496 34

St. Louis Cardinals

56 78 .418 44½

Philadelphia Phillies

56 81 .409 46

New York Giants

48 88 .353 53½

1902 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Boston

398

Batting Average

Pittsburgh

.286

Doubles

Pittsburgh

189

Hits

Pittsburgh

1,410

Home Runs

Brooklyn

19

On Base Percentage

Pittsburgh

.344

Runs

Pittsburgh

775

Slugging Average

Pittsburgh

.374

Stolen Bases

Chicago

222

Pittsburgh

Triples

Pittsburgh

95

1902 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Chicago

132

ERA

Chicago

2.21

Fewest Hits Allowed

Brooklyn

1,113

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Pittsburgh

4

Fewest Walks Allowed

Pittsburgh

250

Saves

Boston

4

St. Louis

Shutouts

Pittsburgh

21

Strikeouts

Pittsburgh

564



On May 16, 1902, two deaf mutes played on opposing teams for the first time in history when Dummy Hoy led off for Cincinnati against Dummy Taylor of New York.

On June 3, 1902, Mike O'Neill of St. Louis hit the first pinch hit grand slam in Major League history. Even more amazing was that it was an inside the park variation.

On September 1, 1902, the legendary Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance trio appeared in a Cubs game for the first time. However, during the game Frank Chance played third and Bobby Lowe was at second.

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