1902 Major League Baseball season

The 1902 major league baseball season was contested from April 17 through October 5, 1902. It was the second season for the American League (AL), with the Philadelphia Athletics finishing first in league standings. In the National League (NL), in operation since 1876, the Pittsburgh Pirates finished atop league standings for the second consecutive season. There was no postseason.

1902 MLB season
LeagueAmerican League (AL)
National League (NL)
SportBaseball
DurationApril 19 – September 29, 1902 (AL)
April 17 – October 5, 1902 (NL)
Number of games140
Number of teams16 (8 per league)
Pennant Winners
AL championsPhiladelphia Athletics
  AL runners-upSt. Louis Browns
NL championsPittsburgh Pirates
  NL runners-upBrooklyn Superbas
MLB seasons
Locations of teams for the 1902 American League season
American League

Prior to the season, the Milwaukee Brewers moved and became the St. Louis Browns; the franchise would remain in St. Louis through 1953, and in 1954 moved again to become the Baltimore Orioles. The Cleveland Blues renamed as the Cleveland Bronchos.

Schedule

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The 1902 schedule consisted of 140 games for all teams in the American League and National League, each of which had eight teams. Each team was scheduled to play 20 games against the other seven teams of their respective league. This continued the format put in place for the 1901 season. This format would last until 1904, which saw an increase of games played.

National League Opening Day took place on April 17 with every team playing, while American League Opening Day did not take place until April 19, with a one-off game between the Baltimore Orioles and the Boston Americans, with the rest of the season beginning April 23. The American League would see its final day of the season on September 29, while the National League would see its final day of the season on October 5.

Teams

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League Team City Stadium Capacity Manager
American League Baltimore Orioles Baltimore, Maryland Oriole Park Unknown John McGraw,
Wilbert Robinson
Boston Americans Boston, Massachusetts Huntington Avenue Grounds 11,500 Jimmy Collins
Chicago White Stockings Chicago, Illinois South Side Park 15,000 Clark Griffith
Cleveland Bronchos Cleveland, Ohio League Park 9,000 Bill Armour
Detroit Tigers Detroit, Michigan Bennett Park 8,500 Frank Dwyer
Philadelphia Athletics Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Columbia Park 9,500 Connie Mack
St. Louis Browns St. Louis, Missouri Sportsman's Park 8,000 Jimmy McAleer
Washington Senators Washington, D.C. American League Park Unknown Tom Loftus
National League Boston Beaneaters Boston, Massachusetts South End Grounds 2,300 Al Buckenberger
Brooklyn Superbas New York, New York Washington Park 18,800 Ned Hanlon
Chicago Orphans Chicago, Illinois West Side Park 16,000 Frank Selee
Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati, Ohio Palace of the Fans 6,000 Bid McPhee,
Frank Bancroft,
Joe Kelley
New York Giants New York, New York Polo Grounds 16,000 Horace Fogel,
Heinie Smith,
John McGraw
Philadelphia Phillies Philadelphia, Pennsylvania National League Park 18,000 Bill Shettsline
Pittsburgh Pirates Allegheny, Pennsylvania Exposition Park 16,000 Fred Clarke
St. Louis Cardinals St. Louis, Missouri Robison Field Unknown Patsy Donovan

Standings

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American League

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American League
Team W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Athletics 83 53 .610 56‍–‍17 27‍–‍36
St. Louis Browns 78 58 .574 5 49‍–‍21 29‍–‍37
Boston Americans 77 60 .562 43‍–‍27 34‍–‍33
Chicago White Stockings 74 60 .552 8 48‍–‍20 26‍–‍40
Cleveland Bronchos 69 67 .507 14 40‍–‍25 29‍–‍42
Washington Senators 61 75 .449 22 40‍–‍28 21‍–‍47
Detroit Tigers 52 83 .385 30½ 34‍–‍33 18‍–‍50
Baltimore Orioles 50 88 .362 34 32‍–‍31 18‍–‍57

National League

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National League
Team W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 103 36 .741 56‍–‍15 47‍–‍21
Brooklyn Superbas 75 63 .543 27½ 45‍–‍23 30‍–‍40
Boston Beaneaters 73 64 .533 29 42‍–‍27 31‍–‍37
Cincinnati Reds 70 70 .500 33½ 35‍–‍35 35‍–‍35
Chicago Orphans 68 69 .496 34 31‍–‍38 37‍–‍31
St. Louis Cardinals 56 78 .418 44½ 28‍–‍38 28‍–‍40
Philadelphia Phillies 56 81 .409 46 29‍–‍39 27‍–‍42
New York Giants 48 88 .353 53½ 24‍–‍44 24‍–‍44

Managerial changes

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Off-season

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Team Former Manager New Manager
Boston Beaneaters Frank Selee Al Buckenberger
Chicago Orphans Tom Loftus Frank Selee
Cleveland Bronchos Jimmy McAleer Bill Armour
Detroit Tigers George Stallings Frank Dwyer
New York Giants George Davis Horace Fogel
St. Louis Browns Hugh Duffy Jimmy McAleer
Washington Senators Jim Manning Tom Loftus

In-season

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Team Former Manager New Manager
Baltimore Orioles John McGraw Wilbert Robinson
Cincinnati Reds Bid McPhee Frank Bancroft
Cincinnati Reds Frank Bancroft Joe Kelley
New York Giants Horace Fogel Heinie Smith
New York Giants Heinie Smith John McGraw

League leaders

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American League

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National League

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Home field attendance

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Team name Wins Home attendance Per game
Philadelphia Athletics[1] 83 12.2% 420,078 103.6% 5,754
Boston Americans[2] 77 -2.5% 348,567 20.4% 4,909
Chicago White Stockings[3] 74 -10.8% 337,898 -4.6% 4,693
New York Giants[4] 48 -7.7% 302,875 1.8% 4,266
Cleveland Bronchos[5] 69 27.8% 275,395 109.6% 4,237
St. Louis Browns[6] 78 62.5% 272,283 95.8% 3,730
Chicago Orphans[7] 68 28.3% 263,700 28.6% 3,663
Pittsburgh Pirates[8] 103 14.4% 243,826 -3.2% 3,434
St. Louis Cardinals[9] 56 -26.3% 226,417 -40.4% 3,235
Cincinnati Reds[10] 70 34.6% 217,300 5.6% 3,104
Brooklyn Superbas[11] 75 -5.1% 199,868 0.8% 2,897
Detroit Tigers[12] 52 -29.7% 189,469 -27.0% 2,828
Washington Senators[13] 61 0.0% 188,158 16.4% 2,767
Baltimore Orioles[14] 50 -26.5% 174,606 23.0% 2,728
Boston Beaneaters[15] 73 5.8% 116,960 -20.2% 1,624
Philadelphia Phillies[16] 56 -32.5% 112,066 -52.3% 1,624

References

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