YEAR IN REVIEW : 1904 National League

Off 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.

In 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.

In 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.

Around 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.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"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

Philadelphia
102
Pittsburgh
.349
Pittsburgh
44
Pittsburgh
185
Brooklyn
9
Pittsburgh
.423
New York
80
New York
99
Pittsburgh
.520
Pittsburgh
53
Pittsburgh
255
Brooklyn
18

1904 National League Pitcher Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

St. Louis
39
Boston
New York
1.61
New York
51
New York
5
New York
9
New York
212
New York
.814
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 31½
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

New York
434
New York
.262
New York
202
New York
1,347
New York
31
New York
.328
New York
744
New York
.344
New York
283
Pittsburgh
102

1904 National League Team Review

Pitching Statistics League Leaderboard

St. Louis
146
New York
2.17
Fewest Hits Allowed
Chicago
1,150
Fewest Home Runs Allowed
Cincinnati
13
Pittsburgh
Fewest Walks Allowed
St. Louis
319
New York
15
New York
21
New York
707
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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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