1902 Pittsburgh Pirates
National League Champions
LeagueNational League
BallparkExposition Park
CityAllegheny, Pennsylvania
Record103–36 (.741)
League place1st
OwnersBarney Dreyfuss
ManagersFred Clarke
← 1901 Seasons 1903 →

The 1902 Pittsburgh[a] Pirates won a second straight National League pennant, by an overwhelming 27.5 game margin over the Brooklyn Superbas. It was the Pirates' first ever 100-win team, and it remains the franchise record for best winning percentage at home (.789).

The team finished with a league-best record of 103-36.

Background

The 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates

Ginger Beaumont won the batting title with a .357 mark, and Tommy Leach led the league in home runs with six (a major league record for fewest HRs to lead the league). Honus Wagner led the league in RBI with 91, and Jack Chesbro led the league with 28 wins.

The Pirates led the league in every significant batting category,[clarification needed] the last time that was ever done in the NL. The team scored 775 runs, which was 142 more than any other team.

The team allowed four home runs during its 1902 season, the fewest in MLB history.[1]

Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Pittsburgh Pirates 103 36 0.741 56–15 47–21
Brooklyn Superbas 75 63 0.543 27½ 45–23 30–40
Boston Beaneaters 73 64 0.533 29 42–27 31–37
Cincinnati Reds 70 70 0.500 33½ 35–35 35–35
Chicago Orphans 68 69 0.496 34 31–38 37–31
St. Louis Cardinals 56 78 0.418 44½ 28–38 28–40
Philadelphia Phillies 56 81 0.409 46 29–39 27–42
New York Giants 48 88 0.353 53½ 24–44 24–44

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BOS BR CHI CIN NYG PHI PIT STL
Boston 8–12 11–9 11–9 16–3 11–9–1 6–14–1 10–8–3
Brooklyn 12–8 12–8 12–8 10–10 13–6 6–14–1 10–9–2
Chicago 9–11 8–12 12–8–1 10–10–4 10–10 7–13 12–5–1
Cincinnati 9–11 8–12 8–12–1 14–6 13–7 5–15 13–7
New York 3–16 10–10 10–10–4 6–14 6–12 6–13–1 7–13
Philadelphia 9–11–1 6–13 10–10 7–13 12–6 2–18 10–10
Pittsburgh 14–6–1 14–6–1 13–7 15–5 13–6–1 18–2 16–4
St. Louis 8–10–3 9–10–2 5–12–1 7–13 13–7 10–10 4–16


Opening Day lineup

Roster

1902 Pittsburgh Pirates
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Harry Smith 50 185 35 .189 0 12
1B Kitty Bransfield 102 413 126 .305 0 69
2B Claude Ritchey 115 405 112 .277 2 55
SS Wid Conroy 99 365 89 .244 1 47
3B Tommy Leach 135 514 143 .278 6 85
OF Honus Wagner 136 534 176 .330 3 91
OF Fred Clarke 113 459 145 .316 2 53
OF Ginger Beaumont 130 541 193 .357 0 67

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Lefty Davis 59 232 65 .280 0 20
Jimmy Burke 60 203 60 .296 0 26
Jack O'Connor 49 170 50 .294 1 28
Chief Zimmer 42 142 38 .268 0 17
Jimmy Sebring 19 80 26 .325 0 15
Ed Phelps 18 61 13 .213 0 6
Fred Crolius 9 38 10 .263 0 7
George Merritt 2 9 3 .333 0 2
Bill Miller 1 5 1 .200 0 2
Lee Fohl 1 3 0 .000 0 0
Mike Hopkins 1 2 2 1.000 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jack Chesbro 35 286.1 28 6 2.17 136
Deacon Phillippe 31 272.0 20 9 2.05 122
Jesse Tannehill 26 231.0 20 6 1.95 100
Sam Leever 28 222.0 15 7 2.39 86
Ed Doheny 22 188.1 16 4 2.53 88
Warren McLaughlin 3 26.0 3 0 2.77 13
Harvey Cushman 4 25.2 0 4 7.36 12

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Honus Wagner 1 0 0 0 0.00 5
Ed Poole 1 0 0 0 1.13 2

Awards and honors

League top five finishers

Ginger Beaumont

Jack Chesbro

Fred Clarke

Tommy Leach

Jesse Tannehill

Honus Wagner

Notes

  1. ^ In the early 20th century and earlier, the name of Pittsburgh was spelled with and without the 'h'.

References

  1. ^ Starkey, Joe (April 27, 2014). "Starkey: Unbreakable Pittsburgh records". Retrieved May 1, 2014.