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The Pittsburgh Pirates won their second straight National League pennant in 1902, establishing a new N.L. record in the process by compiling a record of 103-36.  The Pirates’ amazing performance enabled them to finish a record 27 ½ games ahead of the second-place Brooklyn Superbas in the league standings.  The Pirates dominated the senior circuit in every way imaginable.  Jack Chesbro finished 28-6, to lead the league in victories.  He also compiled an outstanding 2.17 ERA, while completing 31 of his 33 starts.  Outfielder Ginger Beaumont led the league with a .357 batting average and 193 hits.  Honus Wagner remained the league’s best player, batting .330 and topping the circuit with 91 runs batted in, 105 runs scored, 30 doubles, 42 stolen bases, and a .463 slugging percentage.

Yet, although the Pirates made a mockery of the N.L. pennant race in 1902, there were several significant events that occurred in the senior circuit over the course of the season.  Several outstanding players also performed for other teams.  Following are some of the more notable events
and players that created interest around the league during the season:

John McGraw jumped the American League at midseason to manage the Giants.  He remained the Giants’ skipper for the next 31 years.

• Jack Taylor of second-division Chicago led the National League with a 1.33 ERA and posted a dazzling 23-11 record.

• The National League named Harry Pulliam its new president.

• The Chicago Daily News coined the nickname "Cubs" for the Chicago team formally known as the “Orphans.”

• Jack Chesbro established a new record by throwing 41 consecutive scoreless innings.

• Cubs Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance played together for the first time in a game on Sept. 15.

• Boston's Vic Willis threw a National League record 45 complete games.  He also joined Togie Pittinger to give the Braves a pair of 27-game winners.

• Cardinals Jack and Mike O'Neill formed the National League's first brother battery.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BRO 1312 4845 564 1242 476 .216 147 49 19 145 1544 .337 .257 .616 118
BSN 1327 4730 571 1178 452 .212 142 39 14 189 1440 .340 .290 .662 131
CHN 1317 4802 529 1200 423 .207 131 40 6 222 1429 .307 .260 .589 153
CIN 1315 4908 632 1383 531 .232 188 77 18 131 1779 .325 .298 .660 98
NY1 1325 4571 401 1088 336 .185 147 34 8 188 0 1327 .294 .221 .540 108
PHI 1311 4616 484 1139 389 .206 110 43 5 108 0 1350 .315 .231 .571 0 0 122
PIT 1311 4926 774 1410 660 .281 189 95 18 222 1843 .348 .366 .728 118
SLN 1336 4751 517 1226 402 .225 116 37 10 158 1446 .333 .267 .622 107

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BRO 151 75 63 1256 536 363 1599 1113 10 20.080 376 519 131 14 3 27 0
BSN 159 73 63 1259 523 372 3386 1233 16 31.990 365 515 124 14 4 29 0
CHN 150 68 69 1275 437 279 1721 1234 7 32.240 313 501 132 16 2 26 1
CIN 154 70 70 1239 430 352 1887 1228 15 64.530 368 566 130 9 1 23 0
NY1 160 48 88 1228 501 332 1783 1193 16 43.800 384 589 118 10 1 32 2
PHI 159 56 81 1212 504 334 1607 1323 12 74.870 471 649 118 8 3 31 3
PIT 151 102 36 1264 564 250 2418 1142 4 22.350 323 440 131 21 3 19 1
SLN 169 56 78 1227 400 338 706 1399 16 50.880 474 695 112 7 4 19 0

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BRO 1297 5760 3765 1720 275 .947 0 0 0 0 20
BSN 1304 5827 3775 1812 240 .943 0 0 0 0 14
CHN 1311 6073 3823 1923 327 .921 0 0 0 0 20
CIN 1298 5891 3712 1857 322 .912 0 0 0 0 27
NY1 1300 5819 3675 1814 330 .925 0 0 0 0 26
PHI 1288 5697 3628 1764 305 .893 0 0 0 0 16
PIT 1306 5828 3790 1791 247 .945 0 0 0 0 20
SLN 1302 5952 3677 1939 336 .932 0 0 0 0 17

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Frank Chance, Ginger Beaumont, Harry Pulliam, Honus Wagner, Jack Chesbro, Jack Taylor, Joe Tinker, John McGraw, Johnny Evers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Togie Pittinger, Vic Willis

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