1902 Boston Americans season

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1902 Boston Americans
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Owner(s)Charles Somers
Manager(s)Jimmy Collins
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Opening Day starting pitcher Cy Young

The 1902 Boston Americans season was the second season for the professional baseball franchise that later became known as the Boston Red Sox. The Americans finished third in the American League (AL) with a record of 77 wins and 60 losses, ​6 12 games behind the Philadelphia Athletics. The team was managed by Jimmy Collins and played their home games at Huntington Avenue Grounds.

Regular season[edit]

Prior to the regular season, the team held spring training in Augusta, Georgia.[1]

  • April 19: The season opens with a 7–6 home win over the Baltimore Orioles.[2]
  • June 28: A forfeit is declared in Boston's favor during a road game against the Orioles.[2] With Boston leading, 9–4 in the eighth inning, umpire Tom Connolly called a Baltimore runner out for missing second base.[3] The call was argued by Baltimore manager John McGraw, resulting in his ejection.[4] After McGraw refused to leave the field, Connolly forfeited the game to Boston.[5]
  • July 8: In their highest-scoring game of the year, Boston loses at home to the Philadelphia Athletics, 22–9.[2]
  • July 9: The team's longest game of the season ends as a 4–2 loss in 15 innings to the visiting Athletics.[2]
  • July 19: The team's longest losing streak of the season, six games between July 12 and 18, comes to an end with a victory over the visiting Chicago White Stockings.[2]
  • July 29: The team's longest winning streak of the season, eight games between July 19 and 28, comes to an end with a loss to the visiting Detroit Tigers.[2]
  • September 29: The season ends with a 9–5 road win over the Orioles.[2] This was the last game the Orioles played at Oriole Park in Baltimore; in 1903, they relocated to New York City as the Highlanders, then in 1913 became known as the New York Yankees.

Statistical leaders[edit]

The offense was led by Buck Freeman, who hit 11 home runs and had 121 RBIs, and Patsy Dougherty with a .342 batting average. The pitching staff was led by Cy Young, who made 45 appearances (43 starts) and pitched 41 complete games with a 32–11 record and 2.15 ERA, while striking out 160 in ​384 23 innings.

Season standings[edit]

American League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Athletics 83 53 0.610 56–17 27–36
St. Louis Browns 78 58 0.574 5 49–21 29–37
Boston Americans 77 60 0.562 43–27 34–33
Chicago White Stockings 74 60 0.552 8 48–20 26–40
Cleveland Bronchos 69 67 0.507 14 40–25 29–42
Washington Senators 61 75 0.449 22 40–28 21–47
Detroit Tigers 52 83 0.385 30½ 34–33 18–50
Baltimore Orioles 50 88 0.362 34 32–31 18–57

The team had one game end in a tie; August 18 vs. Detroit Tigers.[2] Tie games are not counted in league standings, but player statistics during tie games are counted.[6]

Record vs. opponents[edit]

1902 American League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Team BAL BOS CWS CLE DET PHI STL WSH
Baltimore 4–16 8–11–1 9–11 10–10 6–13 2–18–1 11–9–1
Boston 16–4 12–8 6–14 11–7–1 9–11 15–5 8–11
Chicago 11–8–1 8–12 12–7 12–7–1 10–10 9–9–1 12–7–1
Cleveland 11–9 14–6 7–12 8–10 8–12 9–10–1 12–8
Detroit 10–10 7–11–1 7–12–1 10–8 4–16 5–15 9–11
Philadelphia 13–6 11–9 10–10 12–8 16–4 9–10–1 12–6
St. Louis 18–2–1 5–15 9–9–1 10–9–1 15–5 10–9–1 11–9
Washington 9–11–1 11–8 7–12–1 8–12 11–9 6–12 9–11

Opening Day lineup[edit]

Freddy Parent SS
Chick Stahl CF
Jimmy Collins 3B
Buck Freeman RF
Charlie Hickman LF
Candy LaChance 1B
Hobe Ferris 2B
Lou Criger C
Cy Young P

Source: [7][8]

Roster[edit]

1902 Boston Americans
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders Manager

Player stats[edit]

Batting[edit]

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

Starters by position[edit]

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Lou Criger 83 266 68 .256 0 28
1B Candy LaChance 138 541 151 .279 6 56
2B Hobe Ferris 133 496 121 .244 8 63
SS Freddy Parent 138 567 156 .275 3 62
3B Jimmy Collins 108 429 138 .322 6 61
OF Patsy Dougherty 108 438 150 .342 0 34
OF Buck Freeman 138 564 174 .309 11 121
OF Chick Stahl 127 508 164 .323 2 58

Other batters[edit]

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Harry Gleason 71 240 54 .225 2 25
Jack Warner 65 222 52 .234 0 12
Charlie Hickman 28 108 32 .296 3 16
Gary Wilson 3 11 2 .182 0 1
all pitchers   485 94 .194 1 35

Pitching[edit]

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

Starting pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Cy Young 384 23 32 11 2.15 160
Bill Dinneen 42 371 13 21 21 2.93 136
George Winter 20 168 13 11 9 2.99 51
Tully Sparks 17 142 23 7 9 3.47 37

Other pitchers[edit]

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Doc Adkins 4 20 1 1 4.05 3
Nick Altrock 3 18 0 2 2.00 5
Pep Deininger 2 12 0 0 9.75 2
Tom Hughes 9 49.1 3 3 3.28 15

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Captain Collins Developing a Team of Heavy Hitters". The Boston Post. April 7, 1902. p. 8. Retrieved November 4, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "The 1902 Boston Americans Regular Season Game Log". Retrosheet. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  3. ^ "Forfeits". Retrosheet. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  4. ^ "John McGraw". Retrosheet. Retrieved November 3, 2018.
  5. ^ "M'Graw Shows Yellow Again". Chicago Tribune. June 29, 1902. p. 11. Retrieved November 3, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Tie". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  7. ^ Murnane, T. H. (April 20, 1902). "Two Boston Clubs Win". The Boston Globe. p. 4. Retrieved November 13, 2018 – via newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Murnane, T. H. (April 20, 1902). "Box Score". The Boston Globe. p. 4. Retrieved November 13, 2018 – via newspapers.com.

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