Known through their rich history for swashbuckling bats, the 1902 Pittsburg Pirates truly defined “offense,” pacing the circuit in every major hitting category. This program was issued along the shores of the Allegheny River at Exposition Park for the July 2 contest against the Cincinnati Reds. The 12-page guide features local ads, black-and-white player portraits, pre-printed lineups and scoring grids that have been marked in pencil to document a 3-1 Pirates win. With covers/pages intact, the guide presents minimally at the (VG-EX) plateau. More on our website.
The pre-printed lineups list legends such as Fred Clarke and Honus Wagner for Pittsburg, and Dummy Hoy for the visitors. According to the handwritten scoring legend, the game appears to have been knotted, 1-1 before the Pirates tallied twice in the bottom of the 8th inning. The period ads are fascinating and include a “Little Pirates” announcement of road game “reproductions” at Avenue Theatre. A “Crystal Water” endorsement urges readers to drink the product “and live 200 years.” With the win that day, the Pirates improved to 43-12. They were to log a 103-36 mark that season and finish a whopping 27-1/2 games ahead of the nearest pursuers. This marked the final season before the start of World Series play.