On July 16, 1902 Giants owner Andrew Freedman announces he has purchased controlling interest in the Baltimore club and releases Dan McGann, Roger Bresnahan, Joe McGinnity, and Jack Cronin to sign with New York. Mike Donlin, Joe Kelley and Cy Seymour go to the Reds, where Kelley will take over as manager. At Cincinnati’s Palace of the Fans, John McGraw begins his 30-year tenure as manager of the Giants in another fallout from the takeover of the Orioles. “Little Napoleon”, the team’s third skipper of the season, loses his debut to the Reds, 7 – 2.
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