Year In Review : 1904 National League

O ff the field...

The first section of the New York Subway system was opened between City Hall and 145 th Street. The original system consisted of twenty-eight stations along 9.1 miles of track with the IRT extending to the Bronx in 1905, Brooklyn in 1908 and Queens in 1915. Since then, it has expanded to over two-hundred thirty miles of routes and over four-hundred miles of single track.

I n the American League...

On May 11 th , Sam Crawford of the Detroit Tigers broke Boston Red Sox ace Cy Young's consecutive streak of no-hit innings at 24 1/3 (seventy-six batters without a hit) after managing a one-out single en route to a 1-0 victory.

Boston Americans (Red Sox) shortstop Bill O'Neill set an unwanted Major League record and became the only player in the twentieth century to record six errors during a thirteen-inning, 5-3 loss to the St. Louis Browns.

After pitching a record setting season with forty-one wins and four-hundred fifty-four innings in fifty-five games, New York Highlanders (Yankees) ace Jack Chesbro "crashed and burned" after losing control of a spitball that sailed over his catcher's head and allowed the American League pennant losing run to score from third.

I n the National League...

New York Giants' Dan McGann stole five bases on May 27 th during 3-1 win over the cross-town rival Brooklyn Dodgers. The record stood for seventy years until Davey Lopes of the Los Angeles Dodgers matched the mark in August of 1974. Atlanta Braves outfielder Otis Nixon eventually topped the feat with six steals (against the Montreal Expos) in 1991.

Frank Chance of the Chicago Cubs set a painful Major League mark after being hit four times in one day during a May 30 th double header against the Cincinnati Reds. In the first game, "The Peerless Leader " actually lost consciousness after being tagged in the head by Jack Harper.

In October, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jack Taylor tossed his thirty-ninth consecutive complete game of the season setting a modern Major League record. The streak started on April 15 th and finished with an astounding three-hundred fifty-two innings pitched.

A round the league...

John T. Brush, president of the National League champion New York Giants, refused to play the returning American League champion Boston Americans. He was quoted as stating that he refused to compete with a "representative of the inferior American League". Surprisingly, Brush regretted the decision and later that year proposed to continue with the series as originally conceived. His about-face spawned the "Brush Rules," a set of guidelines relating to the on-field play and off-field finances of the World Series, which exists to this day.

"He (Honus Wagner) was the nearest thing to a perfect player no matter where his manager chose to play him." - John McGraw
1904 National League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Philadelphia

102

Batting Average

Pittsburgh

.349

Doubles

Pittsburgh

44

Hits

Pittsburgh

185

Home Runs

Brooklyn

9

On Base Percentage

Pittsburgh

.423

RBI

New York

80

Runs

New York

99

Slugging Average

Pittsburgh

.520

Stolen Bases

Pittsburgh

53

Total Bases

Pittsburgh

255

Triples

Brooklyn

18

1904 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

St. Louis

39

Boston

ERA

New York

1.61

Games

New York

51

Saves

New York

5

Shutouts

New York

9

Strikeouts

New York

212

Winning Percentage

New York

.814

Wins

New York

35

1904 National League

Team Standings

New York Giants

106 47 .693 0

Chicago Cubs

93 60 .608 13

Cincinnati Reds

88 65 .575 18

Pittsburgh Pirates

87 66 .569 19

St. Louis Cardinals

75 79 .487

Brooklyn Superbas

56 97 .366 50

Boston Beaneaters

55 98 .359 51

Philadelphia Phillies

52 100 .342 53½

1904 National League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

New York

434

Batting Average

New York

.262

Doubles

New York

202

Hits

New York

1,347

Home Runs

New York

31

On Base Percentage

New York

.328

Runs

New York

744

Slugging Average

New York

.344

Stolen Bases

New York

283

Triples

Pittsburgh

102

1904 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

St. Louis

146

ERA

New York

2.17

Fewest Hits Allowed

Chicago

1,150

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Cincinnati

13

Pittsburgh

Fewest Walks Allowed

St. Louis

319

Saves

New York

15

Shutouts

New York

21

Strikeouts

New York

707



On May 27, 1904, Dan McGann of the Giants stole five bases during one game. In the National League, this baserunning feat was not be duplicated until Davey Lopes tied the record on August 24, 1974.

The Giants dominated the season from beginning to end. In September, John McGraw was asked about a postseason series with the winner of the American League pennant and he replied, "When we clinch the National League pennant, we'll be champions of the only real Major League."

On September 15, 1904, Hooks Wiltse won his twelfth consecutive game of his rookie season. Did you know that Butch Metzger tied this record for games won at the start of his career in 1976?

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