Year In Review : 1904 American 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.

"Jack Chesbro was an early spitball ace whose 1904 performance with the New York Highlanders still rates five stars. He started 51 games, completed 48 and was the victor in 41 while hurling 454 innings." - National Baseball Hall of Fame
1904 American League Player Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Detroit

79

Batting Average

Cleveland

.376

Doubles

Cleveland

49

Hits

Cleveland

208

Home Runs

Philadelphia

10

On Base Percentage

Cleveland

.413

RBI

Cleveland

102

Runs

Boston

113

New York

Slugging Average

Cleveland

.552

Stolen Bases

Cleveland

38

Total Bases

Cleveland

305

Triples

Boston

19

1904 American League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

New York

48

ERA

Cleveland

1.59

Games

New York

55

Saves

Washington

3

Shutouts

Boston

10

Strikeouts

Philadelphia

349

Winning Percentage

New York

.774

Wins

New York

41

1904 American League

Team Standings

Boston Americans

95 59 .617 0

New York Highlanders

92 59 .609

Chicago White Sox

89 65 .578 6

Cleveland Blues

86 65 .570

Philadelphia Athletics

81 70 .536 12½

St. Louis Browns

65 87 .428 29

Detroit Tigers

62 90 .408 32

Washington Senators

38 113 .252 55½

1904 American League Team Review

Hitting Statistics League Leaderboard

Base on Balls

Chicago

373

Batting Average

Cleveland

.260

Doubles

Cleveland

225

Hits

New York

1,354

Home Runs

Philadelphia

31

On Base Percentage

Cleveland

.308

Runs

Cleveland

647

Slugging Average

Cleveland

.354

Stolen Bases

Chicago

216

Triples

Boston

105

1904 American League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

Complete Games

Boston

148

ERA

Boston

2.12

Fewest Hits Allowed

Philadelphia

1,149

Fewest Home Runs Allowed

Cleveland

10

Fewest Walks Allowed

Boston

233

Saves

Washington

4

Shutouts

Chicago

26

Philadelphia

Strikeouts

Philadelphia

887



On July 14, 1904, Jack Chesbro of the New York Highlanders won his fourteenth consecutive game (a record at the time). By August 10th, he pitched thirty consecutive complete games and he finished the season with forty-eight complete games in fifty-one starts.

On August 24, 1904, Wee Willie Keeler hit two home runs against the St. Louis Browns and both never left the park.

On October 7, 1904, George Stovall hit a home run off his brother Jesse Stovall . That particular feat was a Major League first and an event that remained unduplicated until the Ferrells in 1933 then the Niekros in 1976.

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