1902 October

2nd In the Giants 2-1 loss at Boston, there is one stolen base but eight runners are caught trying to steal (as noted by Cliff Blau). In addition, three runners are picked off base (although one manages to advance thanks to an error) and two more are thrown out at the plate. Ed Gremminger scores the winning run in the 14th inning, beating the throw from the Giants’ third baseman, Billy Lauder, who had fielded Pat Moran’s grounder. Roger Bresnahan is ejected from the game for arguing after he was caught trying to steal third with two outs. With all these lost runners, and with the help of three double plays, Luther Taylor nearly gets away with yielding 9 walks.

4th  When Pirates owner Barney Dreyfuss demands a game be played despite a rain-soaked Exposition Park field, Cincinnati plays most of its team out of their normal positions. The Pirates insist on playing for a record 103 wins so the Reds show their displeasure when Kelley, Seymour and Donlin all smoke cigarettes while playing in the field. First sacker Jake Beckley starts on the mound for the only time in his career, pitching four innings and giving up 8 runs, 4 earned. Outfielder Cy Seymour follows. This is Seymour’s last pitching appearance as the versatile player finishes his pitching career with a 63-56 mark. Turkey Mike Donlin finishes up. Reds rookie pitcher Rube Vickers tries his hand at catching, and sets a modern ML record with 6 passed balls to help Pittsburgh win 11–2 [It is also a record for both teams in a game. Vickers makes no effort to retrieve wide pitches, and it’s a surprise he only has six passed balls.] But Dreyfuss refunds the fans’ money and the Reds return their share of the gate to keep the irate fans (not for nothing were they call ‘cranks.’) from wrecking the stadium.

At Boston, the Nationals splits a doubleheader with New York, beating Christy Mathewson, 5–2. It is Matty’s 17th loss of the year. Iron Joe McGinnity wins the nitecap for New York, 5–1.

7th  At Pittsburgh, Sam Leever and the Pirates beat a team of American League all-stars, 4-3. Cy Young takes the loss.

12th  At Chicago’s South Side Grounds, the NL all-stars down the AL all-star squad, 7-3. Joss declines to start on the mound and plays LF instead. Donovan and Mercer are the opposing hurlers.

19th  In Omaha, the AL all-star team loses to the NL all-star squad, 7-5. Donovan and Mercer are the opposing pitchers.

In practice before a game between Racine and host Kenosha, WI, former Chicago hurler Fred Pfeffer, 42, fractures his arm attempting to throw from 2B to home. Doctors say he will never pitch again.

U.S. sailors from the S.S. Marietta defeat a Venezuelan squad, Team Caracas, 16-13, in the first game played between a local Venezuelan team and a foreign club. Emerito Argudin, a Cuban playing for Venezuela, hits two homeruns. A week later, he will hit another two homers as Venezuela defeats the sailors, 27-17.