1904 June

1st Frank Owens fires a 2-hitter to beat the visiting Washington Senators, 1-0. The Chicago ace drives in the lone run in the 5thwith a single off rookie Beany Jacobson.

2nd The Giants score 2 unearned runs in the 7th against the Reds to win, 2–1. Mathewson wins his 7th.

4th At the Polo Grounds, the largest baseball crowd ever (37,223) cheers Iron Joe McGinnity, trying for his 14th straight win, against Cincinnati’s Joe Harper. The game ends in a 2–2 deadlock after 11 innings.

The White Sox fire manager Nixey Callahan, replacing him Fielder Jones.

Against Kansas City (AA), Toledo hits into two triple plays. The Blues’ Loewe and Ryan pull off the 1st and Loewe and Sullivan turn the 2nd.

5th Under their new manager Fielder Jones, the White Sox pound Rube Waddell out of the box in the 3rd inning and trounce the Athletics, 14-2. Manager Jones leads the way for the Sox going 4-for-4 with 5 runs scored. Waddell allows 7 hits and 3 runs. Bender and Barthold finish up the game, allowing 14 more hits. According to the Philadelphia Record, Waddell “asked permission of Manager Mack to pitch the entire 4 game series, thereby establishing for himself a record that would stand for a long time unequaled.”

6th New York scores 6 runs in 3 innings against Pirates’ P Roscoe Miller and coasts to an 11–0 win. The Giants are led by Browne, with 4 hits, Gilbert, with a homer and 3 hits, and Roger Bresnahan, with two homers, both inside-the-park. With the game safely in hand, Mathewson departs after 5 innings. Miller will be 7–8 with the Pirates before incurring a severe injury in a carriage accident on the way to the ball park in Philadelphia. The injury ends his career.

Rube Waddell starts again for the A’s this time winning, 6-3, over the White Sox, allowing 8 hits and 2 walks. He strikes out 5.

7th Rube Waddell starts his third straight game, all against Chicago, but the White Sox reach him for 10 hits to beat him, 6-1. Waddell strikes out just one. He is the first pitcher since Iron Joe McGinnity to start three straight. Connie Mack will give Rube a rest in game 4, going with Eddie Plank as his starter (and loser).

8th Iron Joe McGinnity nails his 14th straight win, beating the Pirates, 2–0. With the win, the Giants move into 1st place over Chicago.

10th In the opener of the battle for first place at the Polo Grounds, Christy Mathewson pitches a brilliant one-hitter to beat Chicago, 5–0. The lone hit is Johnny Kling’s 4th-inning single. The other action is provided by ump Charlie Zimmer, who ejects Mertes on a strike call. He also thumbs John McGraw, coaching at 3B, to the bench, and sends Dummy Taylor, the 1B coach, to the clubhouse. One wag said later that Taylor was making too much noise.

It is Ladies Day in Boston, and the Pirates start Patsy Flaherty, recently re-acquired from the White Sox, where he led the AL in losses in 1903 (25). Patsy wins his first start with the help of Honus Wagner, who is 3-for-5 with two doubles, three runs, and two steals.

11th  Before a record-breaking crowd of 38,805 at New York’s Polo Grounds, Iron Joe McGinnity pitches 9 innings of scoreless ball against Chicago. The Colts Bob Wicker goes one better, tossing 9 innings without allowing a hit before former Cub Sam Mertes singles with one out in the 10th to break the no hitter. Chicago wins it in the 12th, 1–0, when Johnny Evers’ 2-out single off McGinnity scores Chance. It is Iron Joe’s first loss after 13 straight wins. Wicker is near flawless, allowing one hit and striking out 10, and the appreciative crowd carries the Cubs pitcher off the field on their shoulders.

At Detroit, the Tigers beat the Senators, 8–3, behind Wild Bill Donovan. Donovan, batting 8th, hits a 2-run homer, while his teammate Ed Gremminger clubs his only homer of the year, reportedly (Chicago Tribune) the first homer in 7th years to be hit over the fence.

13th At the Polo Grounds, Chicago tops the Giants, 3–2, as Three Fingered Brown outduels Christy Mathewson for the win. Frank Chance leads the Chicago offense by hitting for the cycle. The loss drops New York back into 2nd place, one-half game behind Chicago.

15th Fred Glade of the St. Louis Browns strikes out 15 batters to set a new AL and ML record. Glade’s effort results in a 6–1 win over the Highlanders, but he’ll only hold the ML record until October 3 when it will be broken by Christy Mathewson. There is some contention, most notably by Browns secretary Sidney Mercer, that Glade’s number is 16, but the box score says otherwise.

16th  The Giants score the winning run against the Cards in the bottom of the 9th when St. Louis 2B Dave Brain drops a toss for the inning-ending force. New York wins, 4–3. With the win, Christy Mathewson starts a 24-game winning streak against the Cardinals that will not end until 1908. His 33 victories and McGinnity’s 35 will be the most victories by 2 teammates since 1900. For the Giants, it is the start of an 18-game win streak.

At St. Louis, John Ganzel hits a grand slam in the Highlanders six-run 7th and New York is victorious over the Browns, 10-3.

17th In a swap greatly criticized in Boston, the Boston Americans send OF Patsy Dougherty to the Highlanders for weak-hitting rookie Bob Unglaub, who will play in just six games before being hospitalized with blood poisoning (one report says alcohol poisoning). The Boston Herald, in one of the first uses of the nickname, headlines “Dougherty as a Yankee.” Dougherty is not the only Patsy changing uniforms this month; For $750, the White Sox release Patsy Flaherty (1–2) to Pittsburgh where he will win 19 more games. This will be his only winning season, but his feat of winning 20 games while pitching for two teams in a season will be matched only by Joe McGinnity, Hank Borowy and Rick Sutcliffe.

The Giants Ed Poole allows 3 Brooklyn hits in beating the Superbas, 2–0, in the opener of a 4-game series.

18th Joe McGinnity breaks his 2-game losing streak and beats Brooklyn, 5–1. The Giants are 11–1 against Brooklyn.

19th Despite yesterday’s ruling by William Gaynor of the Brooklyn Supreme Court prohibiting Sunday baseball, there are no arrests today at Washington Park. Brooklyn should’ve arrested Giants pitcher Hooks Wiltse, who allows just 3 hits in collaring the Superbas, 11–0. Oscar Jones is the loser on his way to a NL-high 25 losses. In his second year, Jones is en route to a more admirable ML record of pitching 5 or more innings in the first 51 starts of his career. Next Sunday, however, Brooklyn’s battery of Jones and Frank Jackitsh, along with a program seller, will be arrested on misdemeanor charges and taken to the police station.

Patsy Dougherty makes his first appearance for the Highlanders, collecting 2 hits in a 4–3 win over St. Louis. New York loses the 2nd game, 1–0.

20th New York coasts to a 12-4 win over Brooklyn, pounding out 13 hits to beat Bill Reidy. Mathewson picks up his 11th win. Reidy’s cause is not helped by 9 Brooklyn errors, including 5 by ex-Giant SS Charlie Babb.

In a doubleheader split with Philadelphia Phillies, Boston’s Duff Cooley hits for the cycle. Boston wins, 9–0, after losing 6–3.

22nd Phillies pitcher Jack McPherson (career 1-13) makes his lone win a dandy as he pitches a 13-inning shutout over Brooklyn. The 25-year-old allows 6 hits and strands 11 runners. Superbas starter Ned Garvin walks Red Dooin in the 13th and Red comes around to score on Rudy Hulswitt’s single as the Phils win, 1-0.

23rd The first-place Giants run their win streak to 8 games, beating Boston, 6–2. Mathewson allows 9 hits, strikes out 9, and drives in 2 runs with a 6th inning single.

24th At Washington, the Highlanders take the final game in the series with the Senators, 4-2, in 10 innings. Deacon McGuire has one of the 4 hits in the 10th off Patten but is caught off 3B by Bill Coughlin with a hidden ball trick (as noted by Bill Deane), the third trick of the month. For Coughlin, it is his 5th recorded HBT. The New York Times notes that “The suspension of Selbach by President Johnson for listless work in the previous day’s game aroused his team and they played with lots of life.” Selbach will be traded before the month is up.

25th In Boston, the Highlanders Jack Chesbro wins his 12thstraight, besting Cy Young, 5–3. Patsy Dougherty has 3 hits against his former teammates.

In a New England League, Lowell edges visiting Concord, 5–4. When Concord 2B Clark is ejected in the sixth inning, Concord is left with 8 players. To avoid a forfeit, the club then puts 9-year-old mascot George Diggins, son of the catcher, in the game.

27th Dougherty has another 3 hits as the Highlanders beat their old teammate Jesse Tannehill and Boston, 8–4. Boston leads the AL by just a half game. Long Tom Hughes will win tomorrow to stretch the lead to 1 ½ games.

The White Sox roll by the Tigers, winning, 18-6. Jiggs Donahue scores 5 runs.

30th Mathewson blanks Boston, 3–0, despite allowing 8 hits. The Giants have now won 14 in a row.

The Boston Americans send reserve infielder Bill O’Neill and cash to Washington for 11-year vet Kip Selbach. Selbach almost went to the Highlanders in early May, but the deal was nixed by then-new Washington manager Patsy Donovan, who then suspended Selbach a week ago for indifferent play. Kip holds the AL record for outfielders with 5 errors in a game (August 19, 1902) and last month made three errors on three successive plays.