Year In Review : 1902 National 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

"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 27½
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
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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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