The 1901 Major League Baseball season was contested from April 18 through October 6, 1901. It was the inaugural season for the American League (AL), with the Chicago White Stockings finishing first in league standings. In the National League (NL), in operation since 1876, the Pittsburgh Pirates finished atop league standings. There was no postseason.
Each league consisted of eight teams, with each team scheduled to play the other seven teams in the same league 20 times apiece, for a 140-game season.