1902 Cleveland Bluebirds season

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1902 Cleveland Bluebirds
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Owner(s) Charles Somers
Manager(s) Bill Armour
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The 1902 Cleveland Bluebirds season was a season in American baseball. The team, unofficially known during this season as the Bronchos (or Broncos), finished in fifth place in the American League with a record of 69–67, 14 games behind the Philadelphia Athletics.

Regular season

The Cleveland team in 1902

In 1902, the National League's Philadelphia Phillies obtained an injunction, effective only in Pennsylvania, barring Nap Lajoie from playing baseball for any team other than the Phillies.[1] The American League responded by transferring Lajoie's contract to the Cleveland Indians, then known unofficially as the Bronchos and subsequently renamed the "Naps" in Lajoie's honor for several seasons.

Season standings

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

Record vs. opponents

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


Notable transactions

  • May 31, 1902: Nap Lajoie was signed as a free agent by the Bronchos.[2]

Roster

1902 Cleveland Bronchos
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
1B Charlie Hickman 102 426 161 .378 8 94
2B Nap Lajoie 86 348 132 .379 7 64

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
Bob Wood 81 258 76 .295 0 40

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
Bill Bernhard 27 217 17 5 2.20 57
Charlie Hickman 1 8 0 1 7.88 1

Other 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
Otto Hess 7 43.2 2 4 5.98 13

Relief pitchers

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

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Ginger Clark 1 1 0 0 6.00 1

Notes

  1. ^ Nap Lajoie Obituary
  2. ^ Nap Lajoie page at Baseball Reference

References


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