The 1902 Nashville baseball team won a second Southern Association championship led by outfielder-pitcher Hugh Hill, who set the league record in 1902 for batting average in a season. Hitting a controversial .416 while winning 22 games and losing 7 on the mound., his batting average set a standard never broken in the history of the league.
The manager of the club was Newt “Ike” Fisher, born in 1871 in Nashville, and was instrumental in the formation of the Southern Association in 1900. His Nashville squad captured the inaugural season championship in 1901.
In 1898 he played for the Philadelphia Phillies but returned to Nashville in 1900.
Fisher pitched in one game for the Nashville Tigers in the Southern League in 1893 and then played for Nashville from 1901 through 1903 as player-manager before turning to strictly managing in the 1904 and 1905 seasons.