Year In Review : 1902 American 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.

"A good umpire is the umpire you don't even notice." - Ban Johnson
1902 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Philadelphia

87

Batting Average

Washington

.376

Doubles

Philadelphia

43

Washington

Hits

Boston

193

Cleveland

Home Runs

Philadelphia

16

On Base Percentage

Washington

.453

RBI

Boston

121

Runs

Philadelphia

109

Slugging Average

Washington

.590

Stolen Bases

Philadelphia

47

Total Bases

Boston

288

Cleveland

Triples

Baltimore

21

1902 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Boston

41

ERA

Detroit

1.91

Games

Boston

45

Saves

St. Louis

2

Shutouts

Cleveland

5

Strikeouts

Philadelphia

210

Winning Percentage

Philadelphia

.783

Cleveland

Wins

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

Base on Balls

Baltimore

417

Batting Average

Cleveland

.289

Doubles

Washington

261

Hits

Cleveland

1,401

Home Runs

Washington

47

On Base Percentage

Baltimore

.342

Runs

Philadelphia

775

Slugging Average

Washington

.395

Stolen Bases

Chicago

265

Triples

Baltimore

107

1902 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Washington

130

ERA

Boston

3.02

Fewest Hits Allowed

Cleveland

1,199

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Detroit

20

Fewest Walks Allowed

Washington

312

Saves

Cleveland

3

Detroit

Shutouts

Cleveland

16

Strikeouts

Philadelphia

455



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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