1904 March

5th The Boston Rustlers sign Kaiser Wilhelm, recently released by the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1903, Wilhelm’s rookie year, he posted a 5-3 record for the Corsairs, by far his best season in the majors.

21st The New York Giants beat the host Birmingham team, 9-3, as Mathewson makes his first appearance of the spring. Dahlen has 4 hits in the game.

22nd The U.S. Patent Office grants a patent to James E. Bennett for his unique invention of a “baseball catcher,” a rectangular wire cage attached to the catcher’s chest. The purpose is to protect the catcher’s hands. The catcher would not use a mitt to catch a pitch but rather it would go through the open front of the cage, which would then snap shut. Springs on the back of the cage would protect the catcher’s chest. The catcher would then retrieve the ball through an opening at the bottom of the cage and return it to the pitcher. Mr Bennett makes no mention of wild pitches or plays at the plate.

23rd Ban Johnson sells the Washington Nationals to newspapermen Thomas Noyes and William Dwyer. Negotiations had begun last fall. The new owners have secured a lease on a park at Florida and 7th that was formerly the home of the NL team.

26th Chesbro and Griffith share the pitching as the Highlanders shut out Southern League Atlanta, 16-0.

30th In New Orleans, the New York Highlanders pummel New Orleans, 14-4, jumping on starter Elmer Stricklett, purchased from the White Sox. Stricklett hits the game’s only homer.