1902 January

4th  Bill Dinneen, winner of 36 games for the Beaneaters (NL) in the past 2 years, signs with the rival Boston Somersets (AL), for whom he will win 20 or more for the next 3 years.

26th  Lulu Ortman, a recently jilted girl friend of Boston’s Chick Stahl, is arrested in Fort Wayne, IN, after an unsuccessful attempt to shoot him.

30th  Dashing Tony Mullane, the first player to have jumped the reserve rule by signing with the St. Louis Unions of the Union Association in 1883, signs a contract with Toledo, of the new American Association (AAA).