YEAR IN REVIEW : 1902 American League

Off 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.

In 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.

In 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.

Around 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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"A good umpire is the umpire you don't even notice." - Ban Johnson

1902 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Philadelphia
87
Washington
.376
Philadelphia
43
Washington
Hits
Boston
193
Cleveland
Philadelphia
16
Washington
.453
Boston
121
Runs
Philadelphia
109
Washington
.590
Philadelphia
47
Total Bases
Boston
288
Cleveland
Baltimore
21

1902 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Boston
41
Detroit
1.91
Boston
45
St. Louis
2
Cleveland
5
Philadelphia
210
Philadelphia
.783
Cleveland
Boston
32

1902 American League

Team Standings

Philadelphia Athletics 83 53 .610 0
St. Louis Browns 78 58 .574 5
Boston Americans 77 60 .562
Chicago White Stockings 74 60 .552 8
Cleveland Blues 69 67 .507 14
Washington Senators 61 75 .449 22
Detroit Tigers 52 83 .385 30½
Baltimore Orioles 50 88 .362 34

1902 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Baltimore
417
Cleveland
.289
Washington
261
Cleveland
1,401
Washington
47
Baltimore
.342
Philadelphia
775
Washington
.395
Chicago
265
Baltimore
107

1902 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Washington
130
Boston
3.02
Fewest Hits Allowed
Cleveland
1,199
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Detroit
20
Fewest Walks Allowed
Washington
312
Cleveland
3
Detroit
Cleveland
16
Philadelphia
455
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On April 26, 1902, future hall of famer Addie Joss of Cleveland made his Major League debut and one-hit the St. Louis Browns .

On June 30, 1902, Cleveland became the first American League team to hit three consecutive home runs during one inning. The players were Nap Lajoie , Piano Legs Hickman and Bill Bradley .

On August 25, 1902, the American League announced a team would play in New York City by 1903. On December 9, 1902, property was purchased and the New York Highlanders were nearly on the field.

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