Once again heartache and misery fills my life. I found a couple of team photos that are listed as the 1902 Pirates, one of which lists the players, but both photos are suspect, and the listed players are obviously incorrect. The above photo has Bert Husting listed as the 1st player on the right in the back row. Bert played just 2 games with the Pirates and that was in 1900. 3rd from the left is listed as Tom McCreery, another member of the 1900 Pirates. Bones Ely, Pop Schriver, Tom O’Brien, and Jiggs Donohue, all listed in the photo, all nice guys, but none of them were members of the 1902 Pirates. So once again, I give you my best shot.
Top Row: Tommy Leach-3b, Ginger Beaumont-CF Fred Clarke-Mgr, Jack Chesbro-P, Ed Doheny-P(?)
Middle Row: Sam Leever-P, Deacon Phillippe-P, Lefty Davis-OF(?), Wid Conroy-SS(?), Harry Smith-C(?), Kitty Bransfield-1b(?)
Bottom Row: Jimmy Sebring-OF(?), Jesse Tannehill-P, Honus Wagner-SS/OF, Jack O’Connor-C, Jimmy Burke-INF(?), Claude Ritchey-2B
Fred Clarke’s Pirates won their 2nd straight National League pennant, this time by an amazing 27.5 games over the 2nd place Superbas. This was the 1st 100 win season for the Pirates and their .789 winning % is still the franchise record.
On the last day of the season the Pirates were to play the Reds, with a win giving them an NL record 103 victories. The Reds’ owner Gary Herrman wanted to cancel the game but Barney Dreyfuss, the Pirates owner would not allow it, not wanting to deny his team a record 103 wins. The Reds played the game but didn’t take it too seriously. Rube Vickers, a pitcher was sent in to catch, and Reds’ manager Joe Kelley let his players smoke on the field. Needless to say the Pirates won the game but baseball lost some credibility.
Offensively the Pirates were very strong, led by Honus Wagner(.330/91 rbi), Ginger Beaumont(.357), and player manager Fred Clarke(.316). Tommy Leach led the team with just 6 HRs, but their team total of 18 was good for 2nd in the league. They hit .286 and scored 774 runs, both tops in the league. Their OB% of .344 and slugging% of .374 were both tops in the league.
On the mound the Pirates were even better. Jack Chesbro(28-6), Deacon Phillippe(20-9), and Jesse Tannehill(20-6) all won 20 games, while Sam Leever and Ed Doheny tossed in 15 and 16 wins respectively. They were 2nd in the league with a 2.30 ERA, but paced the league with 21 shutouts, and HRs allowed with just 4.
Please take a second to participate in the 1902 DMB World Series Poll.
NOTE: There was no post season series played in 1902.