Major League Baseball
World Series: Not played due to AL-NL war over player
Modern (post-1900) single season batting average
- Nap Lajoie of the Philadelphia Athletics hits .426, an AL
batting average record that still stands today. This record is also
the modern or post-1900 batting average record and is often cited
as the highest batting average of all time. However, the all-time
batting average leader is Hugh Duffy, who
hit .440 in 1894.
- Cy Young of the Boston Americans leads the AL in ERA at 1.62
and wins 33 games, 41.8% of the Pilgrims' total.
Major League Baseball final standings
American League final standings
Note: The Baltimore Orioles of 1901 became the New York Highlanders
in 1903. The Milwaukee
Brewers of 1901 became the St. Louis
National League final standings
- January 4 - The Baltimore Oriole club incorporates.
John McGraw is manager and
- January 28 - The American League formally organizes. The
eight original clubs were the Chicago
White Stockings, Milwaukee
Hoosiers, Detroit Tigers,
Blues, Cleveland Lake Shores,
Buffalo Bisons, and Minneapolis Millers. The Hoosiers,
Bisons, and Millers are contracted; the Boston Americans, Baltimore Orioles, and Philadelphia Athletics are admitted.
Teams are limited to 14 players and will play 140 games per
- May 2 - This was the date of the American League's first forfeit, with the Detroit Tigers playing the Chicago White Stockings. The Tigers scored five runs in the top of the ninth to
put them on top, 7-5, and the White
Stockings began stalling for a rainout. However, the umpire
forfeited the game to the Tigers.
- May 8:
- May 9 - Earl
Moore of the Cleveland Blues pitched nine hitless innings
against the Chicago White Stockings before giving up two hits in
the 10th inning to lose 4-2.
- May 17 - The Philadelphia Athletics are beating the
Washington Senators 7-6 in the
bottom of the ninth when Senators
player Bill Coughlin hits an apparent
game-ending home run. However, under the
rules of the time, Coughlin is
credited with just a single, as
that is all that it would have taken for the Senators to beat the Athletics.
- May 21 - Andrew Freedman, owner of the New York Giants, refuses to allow
umpire Billy Nash inside the Polo Grounds, accusing him of incompetence.
- May 23 - Nap
Lajoie, on his way to hitting a record .426 for the Philadelphia Athletics, is considered such
a dangerous hitter by the Chicago
White Stockings that he is intentionally walked with the
- May 27 - Third
baseman Jimmy Burke of
the Milwaukee Brewers sets an
American League record by committing
four errors in an inning. This record will be tied in 1914 by the Cleveland
Naps' Ray Chapman, and in 1942 by
the Chicago Cubs' Len Merullo.
- May 30 - In the afternoon game of a
holiday doubleheader, the St. Louis
Cardinals defeat the New York
Giants 6-5 in 10 innings. An NL
record 28,500 fans attend the game.
- February 3 - Tom O'Brien, 27, outfielder for the
Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Giants National
League clubs between 1897 and 1900.
- April 30 - Dude Esterbrook, 43, infielder who batted
.314 for the pennant-winning 1884 New York Metropolitans
- June 17 - Bill
Craver, 57, catcher and manager who later was expelled from
organized baseball for gambling.
- July 9 - Seem
Studley, 60, center fielder for the 1872 Washington Nationals
of the National Association.
- July 24 - Joe
Simmons, 56, player in National Association for three seasons,
them managed the 1884 Wilmington Quicksteps of the Union
- December 19 - Jim Gifford, 56, manager for two American Association
teams from 1884 to 1886.