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




Major League Baseball

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

Other champions

Statistical leaders

American League

National League

Major league baseball final standings

American League final standings

Note: The Baltimore Orioles of 1902 became the New York Highlanders in 1903.

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Philadelphia Athletics 83   53 .610    --
2nd St. Louis Browns 78   58 .574   5
3rd Boston Americans 77   60 .562   6.5
4th Chicago White Stockings 74   60 .552   8.0
5th Cleveland Blues 69   67 .507 14.0
6th Washington Senators 61   75 .449 22.0
7th Detroit Tigers 52   83 .385 30.5
8th Baltimore Orioles 50   88 .362 34.0

National League final standings

National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
1st Pittsburgh Pirates 103   36 .741    --
2nd Brooklyn Superbas 75   63 .593   27.5
3rd Boston Beaneaters 73   64 .581   29.0
4th Cincinnati Reds 70   70 .500   33.5
5th Chicago Cubs 68   69 .496   34.0
6th St. Louis Cardinals 56   78 .418   44.5
7th Philadelphia Phillies 56   81 .409   46.0
8th New York Giants 48   88 .353   53.5






  • 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 Texarcana 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.


  • July 1 - Rube Waddell of the Philadelphia Athletics faces the minimum 27 batters in pitching a 2-hit shutout against the Baltimore Orioles. Waddell strikes out the side 3 times in the game, once on 9 pitches. Billy Gilbert, Harry Howell and John Cronin are the strikeout victims in all 3 innings.
  • July 8 - John McGraw signs a contract to become the manager of the New York Giants. McGraw will remain as manager for the next 30 years, winning 10 National League pennants and 3 World Series.
  • July 8 - Danny Murphy, in his first game for the Philadelphia Athletics, arrives in the 2nd inning and is immediately put in the game. He proceeds to go 6-6 at the plate, which includes a grand slam off of Cy Young and handles 12 chances without an error at second base.
  • July 17 - The Baltimore Orioles, with only 5 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 - Cy Seymour of the Cincinnati Reds sets a record with 4 sacrifice flies in one game.


  • 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.






  • February 1 - Bill Sharsig, 47, Co-owner, general manager, business manager and on-field manager of the American Association Philadelphia Athletics.
  • March 7 - Pud Galvin, 45, pitcher who amassed record 361 victories, including two no-hitters, primarily with Buffalo and Pittsburgh; career marks in games (697), innings (5941) and shutouts (57) were all records as well.
  • March 19 - Tom Burns, 44, infielder and manager, led the NL in games played in 1889 and 1890. Managed for Pittsburgh and Chicago (NL).
  • April 4 - Charlie Sweeney, 38, pitcher the Providence Grays who left to play for the Union Association champs, the St. Louis Maroons. Between the two teams, he had a 41-15 win-loss record. By leaving the Grays, he left them without another starting pitcher, which allowed Charles Radbourn to win 59 games.
  • May 2 - Bill Greenwood, 45, second baseman for five teams from 1882 to 1890.
  • June 12 - Tim Donahue, 32, catcher for the 1902 Washington Senators. Previously played for the Boston Reds in 1891, then for the Chicago Cubs franchise from 1895 to 1900.
  • September 23 - George Prentiss, 26, pitched from 1901 to 1902 for the Boston Americans and Baltimore Orioles
  • November 18 - Watch Burnham, 42, Umpire, also one-time manager of the Indianapolis Hoosiers in 1887.
  • December 1 - Fred Dunlap, 43, second baseman who led NL in various fielding categories and dominated the Union Association in its sole season (1884).
  • December 11 - Bill Hawke, 32, Pitcher for three seasons, 1892-1894, tossed no-hitter in 1893.


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