1902 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1902 throughout the world.

List of years in baseball


Major League Baseball

1902 World Series: Not played due to AL-NL war over player contracts.

Statistical leaders

American League

National League

Major league baseball final standings

American League final standings

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Athletics 8353 0.610 56–17 27–36
St. Louis Browns 7858 0.574 5 49–21 29–37
Boston Americans 7760 0.562 43–27 34–33
Chicago White Stockings 7460 0.552 8 48–20 26–40
Cleveland Bronchos 6967 0.507 14 40–25 29–42
Washington Senators 6175 0.449 22 40–28 21–47
Detroit Tigers 5283 0.385 30½ 34–33 18–50
Baltimore Orioles 5088 0.362 34 32–31 18–57

Note: The Baltimore Orioles of 1902 became the New York Highlanders in 1903. The St. Louis Browns of 1902 became the Baltimore Orioles in 1954. The Washington Senators of 1902 became the Minnesota Twins in 1961.

National League final standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 10336 0.741 56–15 47–21
Brooklyn Superbas 7563 0.543 27½ 45–23 30–40
Boston Beaneaters 7364 0.533 29 42–27 31–37
Cincinnati Reds 7070 0.500 33½ 35–35 35–35
Chicago Orphans 6869 0.496 34 31–38 37–31
St. Louis Cardinals 5678 0.418 44½ 28–38 28–40
Philadelphia Phillies 5681 0.409 46 29–39 27–42
New York Giants 4888 0.353 53½ 24–44 24–44






  • June 2 – The Cleveland Bronchos commit 6 errors in one inning against the Baltimore Orioles. It will be the most errors by a team in one inning for the entire 20th century.
  • June 3 – Mike O'Neill of the St. Louis Cardinals connects for the first ever pinch-hit grand slam home run.
  • June 15 – Future major leaguer Nig Clarke goes 8-8, all home runs, as his Corsicana team blasts Texarkana 51-3 in a Texas League game. Corsicana collects 53 hits, including 21 homers, in playing the game in a park where right field is only 210' from home plate.
  • June 30 – The Cleveland Bronchos becomes the first American League team to hit three consecutive home runs in one inning, as Nap Lajoie, Charlie Hickman and Bill Bradley connect in the sixth off St. Louis Browns pitcher Jack Harper, with all the homers landing in the left field bleachers at St. Louis. The last two come on the first pitch thrown, while Cleveland wins the game 17–2. The feat was last done in the National League on May 10, 1894.


  • July 1 – Rube Waddell of the Philadelphia Athletics faces the minimum 27 batters in pitching a two-hit shutout against the Baltimore Orioles. Waddell strikes out the side three times in the game, once on nine pitches. Billy Gilbert, Harry Howell and Jack Cronin are the strikeout victims in all three innings.
  • July 8 – John McGraw signs a contract to become the manager of the New York Giants. McGraw will remain as the Giants manager for the next 30 years, winning ten National League pennants and three World Series.
  • July 8 – In his first game for the Philadelphia Athletics, Danny Murphy arrives late in the second inning and is immediately put in the game. He proceeds to go 6-for-6 at the plate, which includes a grand slam off of Cy Young, and handles 12 chances without committing an error at second base.
  • July 17 – The Baltimore Orioles, with only five available players, are forced to forfeit a game to the St. Louis Browns and the American League takes over control of the team for the remainder of the season. The Orioles will move to New York for the 1903 season.
  • July 25 – At West Side Park, Cincinnati Reds outfielder Cy Seymour sets a major-league record by hitting four sacrifice flies in a 6–1 victory over the Chicago Orphans. Seymour will be tied but never topped.


  • August 13 – Harry Davis of the Philadelphia Athletics steals second base with teammate Dave Fultz on third in an attempt to score Fultz. When he draws no throw, Davis then steals back to first base on the next pitch. He then steals second again, this time drawing the throw, scoring Fultz.
  • August 14 – Tommy Leach of the Pittsburgh Pirates hit only 13 home runs over the fence in a career of over 2100 games. On this day, however, he does it twice against the Boston Beaneaters. Leach will go on to win the National League home run crown in 1902 with 6.
  • August 18 – Hal O'Hagan, of the Rochester Broncos, turns professional baseball's first unassisted triple play against Jersey City in a minor league game.
  • August 19 – Kip Selbach of the Baltimore Orioles ties a record by committing 5 errors from the outfield in one game.



  • October 2 – The Boston Beaneaters defeat the New York Giants 2-1 in 14 innings. The game produces 8 runners thrown out attempting to steal, 3 pick-offs, 3 double-plays and 2 runners thrown out at the plate.
















  1. Bill Bradley Chronology. Baseball Library. Retrieved on March 1, 2018.
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