1904 April

7th At Richmond, the Highlanders shut out Montreal (EL), 11-0, for their second straight whitewash over the Canadian team. Jack Powell goes the distance. At Norfolk, Brooklyn has a harder time, defeating the local team, 7-5.

10th A large Sunday crowd estimated at 10,000 is at Ridgewood Park for two games. The Ridgewood Parks, a group of amateurs, loses to the Negro Philadelphia Giants in the opener, 6-3, then lose again to the New York Highlanders, 14-2. Monte Beville has three triples for the New York squad.

11th The Giants open a newly renovated Polo Grounds, beating Jersey City, 7-1. The field sports a new grandstand in right field and another new one in CF expressly for the 25 cent patrons. The new clubhouse building has offices, a club house locker room, small heated pool and electric lights and electric bells in every room.

14th At Brooklyn’s Washington Park, a record 15,000 fans are on hand for the Opener, delayed until 4:00. John McGraw’s Giants then take the field and bang out 10 hits to beat Oscar Jones, 7–1. Mathewson allows 3 hits to win.

At chilly Hilltop Park, each spectator is given a small American flag as he enters the park for the Highlanders—Boston game. Ex-Judge Olcott tosses out the first ball and then Jack Chesbro pitches and bats New York to an 8–2 victory. He scatters six hits and scores two runs on two hits, including a homer. Both Boston runs come on inside-the-park homers, by Buck Freeman in the 7th, and in the 9th by Freddy Parent. New York scores 5 in the first inning off Cy Young to put the game away.

15th After 5 straight opening day losses, the Reds finally win, beating the visiting Chicagoans, 3–2. Jack Sutthoff is victorious over Jake Weimer.

16th St. Louis Nationals player-manager Kid Nichols, out of the major leagues for 2 years, celebrates his return by pitching his team to a 7–5 win over the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates. The Kid will win 21 games this year as the Cards finish 5th.

The A’s Rube Waddell coasts to a 12–2 win over Washington as the A’s amass 20 hits off Happy Townsend. Happy is on his way to a not-so-happy 5–26 season.

17th  The Brooklyn Superbas play their first Sunday game at home, beating the Boston Beaneaters, 9–1, behind Oscar Jones. To circumvent Sunday Blue Laws, no admission is charged, but fans must buy scorecards to enter the grandstand and box seats.

18th At Baker Bowl, the Giants win their 4th in a row, with Joe McGinnity picking up the win in relief. Mathewson is ineffective, but he escapes without a loss as the Giants rally to win, 7–6.

21st In the Giants home opener, more than 32,000 fans crowd the Polo Grounds for the match against the Phillies. The visitors fail to cooperate, hammering Mathewson for 6 hits and 7 runs in the 5th inning. Rookie Hooks Wiltse relieves, but Philadelphia coasts to a 12–1 win.

22nd The Highlanders’ Jack Chesbro allows one hit, by Kip Selbach, in beating the Washington Senators, 2–0.

At New York, the Giants, scoring in every inning but the 2nd, and pummel the Phillies, 18–3 behind Dummy Taylor and one reliever. Art Devlin has 4 hits, including his first ML homer, an inside-the-park grand slam in the 4th off John Brackenridge to pace New York. He also has 2 of New York’s 8 stolen bases; Bill Dahlen has 3. John Lush, 18, takes over in relief for Breckenridge, but is no more effective. He’ll go 0-6 this year but hit .276 in 369 AB while playing first base, the youngest regular ML player of the 20th Century.

25th In Philadelphia, Boston’s Cy Young pitches 8 innings and allows 6 hits in losing to the A’s Rube Waddell, 2–0. Young allows no hits in making the last 6 outs, the start of a record 25 1/3 hitless inning skein.

The Giants run their record to 7–1 with a 9–2 win against Brooklyn. New York makes 16 hits to back Mathewson’s 6-hitter through 7 innings, when Billy Milligan relieves him.

26th  Ty Cobb makes his professional debut for Augusta (South Atlantic League), hitting a double and HR in an 8–7 loss to Columbus.

30th With the score 3–1 in favor of Boston over Washington, Cy Young relieves starter George Winter with no outs in the 3rd after Winters gives up 3 hits in the frame. Young then tosses 7 full innings of hitless ball as Boston wins, 4–1. Young has now thrown 9 straight innings without a hit. For Washington, they finish the month with an 0-10 record.

Mathewson wins his 3rd, as the Giants dump Boston, 10–1. Matty is again removed after 6 innings, with the score 8–0, as McGraw saves his ace.