1904 August

st Pittsburgh Pirate hurler Charlie Case gives up 11 hits but shuts out Chicago, 4–0.

2nd Pitcher Frank Owen of the Chicago White Sox, steals home against the Nats in the 3rd inning of a 5–1 win.

Prompt action by Boston Americans players Bill Dinneen, Norwood Gibson, Freddy Parent, and Hobe Ferris prevents a tragedy in a Cleveland hotel. Returning to their rooms at the Euclid Hotel following the game, a 4-1 win over Cleveland, the players are confronted by a fire sweeping through the 5th floor. They extinguish the blaze and are toasted as heroes.

3rd Mathewson takes a 4–0 lead into the 9th against the Cubs, but after an out, he is rattled for 4 hits, and a error to make the margin, 4–3. Shad Berry, on 1B with 2 out, then tries to steal and is gunned down by Frank Bowerman to end the match. The Giants are now 63-24.

4th In New York, the Cubs split with the first-place Giants, winning, 3-2, before falling to Dummy Taylor, 2-0. Joe Tinker has 4 stolen bases in the opener.

5th The Highlanders beat Cleveland, 5–0, to send the AL into a virtual three-way tie. New York is first (.614) with Chicago (.613) and Cleveland (.611) close behind.

6th  Lefthander Nick Altrock of the White Sox (their new nickname), en route to the first of three 20-win seasons, handles 13 fielding chances—the modern ML record for pitchers—in an 8–1 victory over the Athletics. He will finish the year with 49 putouts, an AL record for pitchers.

At the Polo Grounds, 20,488 watch the Giants roll over St. Louis, 8–1. Mathewson, the winner, exits after 6 innings, and is replaced by Red Ames.

7th The Giants swap outfielders sending rookie OF Moose McCormick (.266) west to the Reds who in turn send him to Pittsburgh for Harry Sebring (269). The Reds ship Mike Donlin (.356) to the Giants. Turkey Mike, sitting out a month’s suspension for drunken behavior in Chicago, will enjoy the New York life style and being reunited with John McGraw, for whom he starred at Baltimore, in 1901. He’ll help the Giants win two straight pennants.

8th Christy Mathewson wins his 2nd in 3 days, beating St. Louis in relief, 4–3. Matty enters in the 9th, fans two of the three outs, and New York then tallies a run off Charles McFarland to win.

In Cleveland, with the Blues ahead of New York, 7–1 in the 4th, Dave Fultz and manager Griffith argue a strike call with umpire Silk O’Loughlin. When they refuse to go the bench, Silk orders a policeman to escort them off the field. Tomorrow, Silk will throw out pitcher Jack Powell and have the police escort Jimmy Williams off the field. Griffith and Williams will receive suspensions from the AL, and (according to The Year They Called Off the WS) Highlander owner Frank Farrell vows O’Loughlin will not be allowed to enter Hilltop Park. He will, however.

9th AL president Ban Johnson suspends Washington manager Griffith for 3 days for ‘umpire baiting.’

Washington, Philadelphia and Milwaukee (American Association) make a three-way deal that sends star outfielder George Stone from the Brewers to the Senators, but the deal falls through when the A’s refuse to send Ollie Pickering to Milwaukee. Stone, who will set an AA-record with a .406 batting average this year will then be swapped to Boston, but he will refuse to report. The Browns will then trade Jesse Burkett and cash in December for Stone, and he will lead the AL next year in hits and total bases. His .358 batting average in 1906 will top the circuit, the only AL batting champion between 1901 and 1928 not to make the Hall of Fame.

10th  Jack Chesbro is knocked out by the White Sox after pitching 30 complete games in a row. For the year he will win 41 games, pitching 48 complete games out of 51 starts for the Highlanders. All are post-1900 records. His 455 innings pitched will be topped only by Ed Walsh’s 464 in 1908.

11th At the Polo Grounds, the Giants paint the Reds, 5–2, with Mathewson striking out 11. Bob Ewing is the loser.

The Cardinals player-manager Kid Nichols strikes out 15 Brooklyn hitters in a 17-inning, 4–3, victory.

12th At Philadelphia, Joe Tinker’s bunt in the 7th inning scores Johnny Evers when John Lush fails to cover first base as the Cubs edge the Phillies, 2-1. During the game Tinker receives a telegram that his mother has died.

Detroit beats the Nationals, 3-2, as Ed Killian strikes out 10 batters and Charlie Hickman has 3 hits. For Hickman, they are his first safeties for the Tigers since being joining them on August 7 in a trade the Cleveland. The Naps got Charlie Carr.

14th New York’s Big Jack Powell tops Harry Howell as the Highhlanders score 2 in the 8th to beat the Browns, 2-1. Willie Keeler is 3-for-3 with three well-placed singles and Powell allows just 3 hits as he beats the player he was traded for in March.

In today’s only other game, Boston tops the Chicago White Sox, 5-2, in front of 30,178 fans. The win leaves Bostm New York and Chicago separated by 002 percentage points for 1st place.

15th With Jimmy Williams back in the Highlanders lineup followup his “indefinite” suspension by AL head Ban Johnson, the New Yorkers beat the Browns, 3-1, behind Jack Chesbro. Williams has 2 hits. The one down note is a pitch from Barney Petty that breaks a finger on catcher John Ganzel’s right hand. Boston’s loss to the White Sox drops them into third place, a game back.

16th The Pirates disappoint 23,000 at the Polo Grounds by sweeping two from the Giants, 7–2 and 4–1. The Bucs jump on Mathewson for 5 runs in two innings of the opener. It’s the first doubleheader loss for New York this year.

17th  Jesse Tannehill, a lefthander who will win 20 games or more 6 times, pitches a no-hitter for Boston against the White Sox, 6–0, Jesse’s brother Lee, playing 3B for Chicago, swings no better than his teammates. Ed Walsh is the losing pitcher.

Mathewson starts his 2nd in a row against the Pittsburgh and again the host Bucs rough him up, collecting 13 hits and 6 runs. But New York counters with 13 hits and 9 runs against Charlie Case, to win, 9–6. Honus Wagner gets thrown out of the game after objecting to John McGraw’s interference with a throw from the Bucs 3B Bobby Leach.

After a 6-3 loss to Boston in game 1, the Cubs rebound to win, 6-4, in game 2 at Boston. Jack O’Neill hits a 3rd inning grand slam, off Tom Fisher, to start the Cubs scoring.

The A’s and the Tigers battle to a 12-inning 3-3 tie, one of ten tie games the Tigers play this season. Six of them will be replayed, allowing the durable Jimmie Barrett to play in a ML-record 162 games this season, a level that won’t be reached until 1961.

20th In a rain-shortened game in Pittsburgh, the Giants win 3–0, as Christy Mathewson allows just 3 hits.

22nd With the help of a grand slam by Dave Brain, the Cardinals hand the visiting Superbas a 13-3 spanking.

Cy Young and Norwood Gibson team up to shut out the Browns, 3-0 and 8-0. Last year Young and Boston teammate Tom Hughes shut out the Browns in a doubleheader. With the two wins, and two losses to the Highlanders by the White Sox, the Bostonians move into 2nd place in the AL. Chicago drops from 1st to 3rd.

24th  The Highlanders Willie Keeler collects 2 roundtrippers against the St. Louis Browns in a 9–1 win at New York. Both drives are inside-the-park homers. New York leads Boston by a half game.

In Chicago, Mathewson blanks the Cubs on 3 hits and the Giants defeat Herb Briggs, 3–0. The 2nd game is called after 10 innings with the score 2–2. Chicago fans show their feelings towards McGraw’s Giants by tossing bottles onto the field. RF George Browne is hit on the leg and is almost hit in the head while chasing a fly ball. McGraw tells ump Bob Emslie that he will not allow his team to continue play until all the broken glass is cleared, and by the time that occurs it is too dark to continue play.

25th In Chicago, the Giants score 3 runs in the 10th to beat the Cubs, 4-1, behind Joe McGinnity. The Cubs try changing their luck in game 2 by batting first but they lose 12-1 to Hooks Wiltse in 8 innings, ended by darkness. Bill Dahlen contributes three hits including a homer to the scoring to help Hooks.

27th At Robison Field, the Giants score 7 runs in three innings off Jack Taylor and Mathewson eases to a 9–3 win over the Cards.

29th Bill Dinneen drives in a run in the bottom of the 9th to win his own game as Boston prevails over Detroit, 1-0. Dinneen allows just 2 hits in brsting Bill Killian. Boston is now in first place.

30th Mathewson and the visiting Giants top the Reds, 3–1 beating Noodles Hahn. Matty drives in one of the 3 runs scored in the 8thwith a single and improves his record to 28-9.

At Boston, the Americans rack up 18 hits to defeat Detroit, 13–0, behind Cy Young, who goes 3-for-4 at the plate. Boston plates 7 in the 7th.

31st  In a rowdy 3–2, 11-inning Giants win in Cincinnati, ump Charley Zimmer tosses McGann and Dahlen for arguing a safe call for the Reds. The high point comes in the 6th when New York catcher Frank Bowerman slugs a fan, a music teacher named Albert Hartzell, who has been heckling him. Police escort the catcher from the field. Bowerman will be released from custody tomorrow when the fan drops the charges. The Giants win the 2nd game as well, 4–1, in 7 innings, with the game shortened to allow the Giants to catch a train for New York. The Giants leave Cincinnati with a 15-game lead over Chicago in the NL.