1904 May

1st Despite the Cardinals playing at home, the Browns draw 10,000 for their game against the White Sox. The Comiskeys take a 7-0 lead, then ice it with 6 runs in the 9th to win, 13-0. Nick Altrock coasts to the win as the Sox play errorless ball.

2nd At Huntington Grounds, the A’s Rube Waddell stops Boston on one hit, a spoiler by Patsy Dougherty, in beating Jesse Tannehill, 3–0. Rube taunts Cy Young to face him and suffer the same fate, and the two aces will square off on the 5th.

3rd The Chicago Nationals beat the Pirates, 15-3, as Davy Jones scores 5 runs. It could’ve been worse but the Pirates pull of a 3-3-6 triple play in the 1st inning.

4th  At Detroit, Cleveland starter John Hickey loads the bases in the 5th and is lifted for Addie Joss, who gives up a bases-clearing triple. Addie holds the Tigers scoreless after that, but the 3–2 loss—according to the ruling at the time—goes to Joss [this loss will bounce back and forth between the two pitchers].

A jury in Welland, Ontario rules that the widow and daughter of Ed Delahanty are entitled to $3000 and $2000 respectively from the Michigan Central Railroad because Delahanty had been put off a train last year for rowdy behavior and then had fallen to his death.

Justice Gaynor rules in favor of Brooklyn players arrested for playing baseball on Sunday at Washington Park. In an appeal, Sunday baseball will again be ruled illegal on June 18th.

5th  Boston Pilgrim Cy Young pitches the 2nd of 3 no-hitters, a 3–0 perfect game against the Philadelphia Athletics and Rube Waddell. After Waddell flies out for the final out, Young yells at him, “How do you like that, you hayseed!” Waddell had earlier in the week challenged Young to pitch against him. For Waddell it is one of his 18 losses this year, the most of his career, against 25 wins. He will strike out 349, a record until Sandy Koufax fans 382 in 1965. Today, he strikes out 6 while allowing 10 hits. Young stretches his hitless inning skein to 18.

The Giants break a 5–5 tie with Boston by scoring 5 runs in the 9thto pin the loss on Togie Pittinger. Mathewson is the recipient of the offense, winning his 4th.

At New York, the Washington Nationals notch their first win of the year beating the Highlanders, 9–4, to snap their 13-game losing streak. This is an AL record to start the season. The Highlanders help immensely as they commit 9 errors and have two runners nabbed by the hidden ball trick in successive innings. Each time, shortstop Charles Moran takes the throw in from the outfield when runners Jimmy Williams and Monte Beville reach 2B. “All sight of the ball seems to have been lost by manager Griffith, who was coaching his men from the sideline at first base. When [pitcher Davey] Dunkle feigned to pitch, the runners left second base and all Moran had to do was touch them (The New York Times).” Another sloppy play occurs in the 5thinning when ”Ganzel ran into [Barney] Wolfe while the latter was in the act of catching a fly ball that really belonged to him, knocked him down, and spiked him.” Wolfe was unhurt but, nevertheless, was replaced by pitcher Ambrose Puttmann.

6th The Senators fall to 1-14 with a 16-6 loss to the A’s at Philadelphia. Harry Davis has a grand slam for the A’s, off Del Mason in the 8th.

7th In St, Louis, the first-place Giants provoke a protest in winning, 2–1, with a pair in the 9th off starter Jack Taylor. John McGraw, pinch running after a single by Jack Warner, scores on a single by Roger Bresnahan. As McGraw rounds 3B, with 1B coach Gilbert following him, the entire Giant team collects along the 3B line yelling. St. Louis 1B Jake Beckley complains to the ump about it and, when one of the Giants dashes to home from the coach’s box, Beckley fires to an uncovered home plate, thinking it is Bresnahan trying to score. Which he then does for the win. St. Louis manager Kid Nichols protests the game, claiming, correctly, that the players left the bench in violation of rule 56, section 17. The rule states: “if one or more members of the team at bat stand or collect around a base for which a base runner is trying, thereby confusing the fielding side and adding to the difficult of making such play, the base runner shall be declared out for the interference of his teammate or teammates.” NL president Pulliam rejects the complaint and many fans and writers agree, saying the protest is unmanly (as noted by historian Benton Stark in The Year They Called off the World Series).

9th New York’s Joe McGinnity wins his 2nd game in 3 days against the Cardinals, beating St. Louis 5–1. Iron Joe is now 7–0 on the year.

Chicago’s Jake Weimer allows just 2 hits in beating the Boston Nationals, 6–0.

Following a 6–3 loss to the host Athletics, the 1-16 Washington Nationals replace manager Mal Kittridge with Patsy Donovan. No Patsy, Donovan’s team will win his first game, 7–3, against the Browns on April 11. The New York Times (May 10) reports that Kittridge and Kip Selbach are traded to the Highlanders for Beville and Anderson, but no such trade transpires. Both go to Boston. Kittridge is sold in June, and Selbach is traded July 4 for Bill O’Neill.

10th The Cards beat up Christy Mathewson, scoring 5 runs and knocking him out after the first inning. St. Louis continues the shelling to win 14–1. Matty, now 4–2, will not lose to St. Louis in his next 24 decisions.

The Reds use a 7-run second inning to beat visiting Brooklyn, 9-7. Miller Huggins’s inside-the-park grand slam, off Ed Poole, is the big blow in the frame. In attendance is future President Warren G Harding, a guest of owner Garry Herrmann.

11th Against Detroit, Cy Young pitches no-hit ball until the 7thinning, when Sam Crawford hits a one-out single to break his consecutive streak of no hit innings at 24 1/3 (76 batters without a hit) still the record (for years, the record book had Young at 23 1/3 innings arguing his relief of Winters occurred with men on base). Young and Tiger starter Ed Killian battle for 15 innings before Boston finally scores a run to win 1–0. Young will throw 45 shutout innings in a row, a record broken by Don Drysdale’s 58 in 1968.

In the opener of a 4-game series with the visiting Cleveland Blues, the New York Highlanders prevail, 4–2, on a 2-run HR by Kid Elberfeld and a pair of run-scoring singles by Deacon McGuire. The New Yorkers will take 3 of the 4 games to move into a tie 2ndplace.

12th For his second game in three days, Mathewson is shelled in the first inning, as the Reds tally 4 runs. Umpire Bob Emslie adds some fireworks of his own, tossing McGraw for too much lip. The Giants tie it in the 3rd, but the Reds make 13 hits off Matty while the Giants contribute 6 errors. The Reds win, 13–7.

14th  In Chicago’s 12–4 win over visiting Philadelphia, Chicago uses two bases-loaded triples to win. This ties the NL record and is the first time this century that it has happened. Chicago OF Jack McCarthy sprains an ankle by stepping on the umpire’s long-handle broom at home plate. NL President Pulliam orders arbiters hence forward to use pocket-sized whisk brooms for housekeeping at home. The AL will comply next year.

16th The Pirates overcome a 5–0 deficit against Mathewson by scoring a run in the 5th and 5 more in the 6th for a 6–5 win.

19th A week after he makes his ML debut in a mop-up loss, Ed Walsh hurls a 2-hitter in his first ML start. He beats host Washington, 5-0.

20th Chicago scores 2 in the 9th to beat Mathewson, 3–2, and knock the Giants out of first place. For Matty, it is his 4th straight loss.

23rd Chicago’s Jake Weimer and Christy Mathewson duel for 11 innings before the game is a called a 1–1 tie. Ump Bob Emslie calls the game at the West Side Grounds so the Giants can catch a train for New York. Matty allows 6 hits, one less than Weimer.

21st Boston (AL) SS Bill O’Neill puts himself in the record books by committing 6 errors in a 13-inning game, a 5–3 loss to the Browns. O’Neill makes errors in the first inning on the first three balls hit to him, and a 4th straight error with a misplay in the 2nd frame. His final error is on an easy grounder in the 13th inning and allows two runs to score. O’Neill is only 20th century player to record 6 errors.

In front of 16,000 in New York, the White Sox belt Jack Powell and the Highlanders, 11-2. Frank Owen goes the distance for the Sox and hits his first ML homer. Chicago will have 14 homers this year, two by Owen, will all of them coming on the road.

Despite 10 fielding errors, “seven battery errors” (The Sporting News), and 9 base hits, neither the Tigers nor Senators manage to score a run in 11 innings. The game ends in a scoreless tie for pitchers George Mullin and Happy Townsend.

The Pittsburgh Pirates beat the visiting Boston Nationals, 5-3, as Honus Wagner steals 4 bases for the third time since 1900.

24th The Tigers play a Tuesday game against the Washington Nationals in Grand Rapids, Michigan, winning 5–4.

At Brooklyn, the Superbas jump on Joe McGinnity for a 3–0 lead after 2 innings, but the Giants tie it in the 3rd and go on to a 5–3 win. Iron Joe is now 11–0.

27th  At the Polo Grounds, the Giants Dan McGann steals 5 bases in a 3–1 victory over Brooklyn, a feat not duplicated in the NL until August 24, 1974, by Davey Lopes. Otis Nixon will steal 6 for the record. Mathewson (5–5) is victorious over Ned Garvin. The win gives the Giants (21–10) a tie with Chicago for first place, with the Reds in 3rd place by .001.

28th The Superbas score a run in the 10th against the Giants to take a 3–2 lead at the Polo Grounds, but the Giants answer with a pair for a 4–3 win. After a walk by Billy Gilbert, Jack Warner lines a pitch down the RF line into the stands, 258 feet away for the dramatic win, Joe McGinnity’s 12th straight.

29th In a Sunday game in Brooklyn, Hooks Wiltse makes his first ML start a good one, beating the Superbas, 5–3. Hooks adds 2 hits as the Giants sweep all 5 games from Brooklyn to remain in a tie for 1st place with Chicago.

30th  In an a.m.–p.m. doubleheader in Cincinnati, the first-place Cubs take on the 3rd place Reds, with just a few percentage points separating the team. The two split the holiday twin bill, the Reds taking the opener 7–4, despite a 9th-inning grand slam by Davy Jones. The Reds then lose, 5–2. Frank Chance of the Cubs is the real loser as he is hit 3 times by P Jack Harper of the Reds in the morning game, once reportedly losing consciousness when hit in the head. He continues to play and in the 2nd game, he is hit once by Win Kellum, giving him a record 4 hit by pitched balls for the day. Carl Lundgren loses the opener, while the deliberate Bob Wicker takes the night cap. Historian Joe Dittmar notes that beginning in the 7th inning the Reds fans begin counting aloud “1, 2, 3, 4. . . “ when Wicker receives the ball. The Enquirer reports that the count would sometimes reach 15 before he would pitch.