1904 October

1st The last-place Phillies split with the visiting Pirates losing the first of two, 11-3, before winning, 10-3, in a game called after five innings on account of darkness. The Phils score 6 runs in the 5thinning with Red Dooin’s grand slam the highlight. Red leads the team with 6 homers, as the Quakers crack just 23.

2nd Doc White’s scoreless streak ends at 45 innings, when the New York Highlanders score in the first; White then pitches another 8 shutout innings to win, 7–1, for Chicago. New York takes the second game, 6-3, in 7 innings.

At St. Louis, Cy Young allows 5 hits as Boston shuts out the Browns, 2-0. The win, combined with the Highalnders split with Chicago, leaves the Americans in first place by a half game.

3rd  Christy Mathewson of the Giants strikes out 16 Cards in a 3–1 Giants victory. Big 6’s sixteen strikeouts establishes a new ML record as he finishes the game in one hour and 15 minutes. Matty’s 16 K’s is one better than St. Louis Brownie Fred Glade’s 15, recorded on June 15. A crowd of just 300 is on hand in New York.

The second place Chicago Colts make 5 errors, but coast to a 16-5 win over the Beaneaters as Boston fumbles 10 times. The 15 errors ties the NL mark for 2 teams and will not be matched this century.

At Philadelphia, the Phillies edge the Pirates, 2-1, behind the pitching of Bill Duggleby. Sherry McGee helps with his second homer of the year. In game 2, the Pirates erupt to win 16-4 in 5 innings, doing all their scoring off Jack Sutthoff, and handing the Phils their 100th loss of the year. Patsy Flaherty wins his 20th and helps with a homerun. He is the first pitcher to win 20 games while pitching for two teams in a season.

In Brooklyn, the Reds sweep two as Jack Harper wins his 23rdgame of the year in the opener, beating Oscar Jones, 5-0. Jones loses for the 25th time this year, high in the NL, and his 387 hits and 175 runs allowed are also league highs. His 377 innings pitched will take their toll and next year will be his last. Jones drove in 13 runs last year while hitting a respectable .273. This year, however, he has 150 plate appearances (137 at bats) without an RBI, a NL record that will not be topped this century.

In Chicago, the Boston Americans beat the White Sox, 4-1, and keep their hold on 1st place. The Highlanders win as well, beating the host Browns, 3-0.

4th  In the first of two at New York, the Giants loses to the Cardinals 7–3 despite Sam Mertes contribution of 4 hits for the cycle. New York drops the 2nd game in a forfeit in the 4th inning. With New York losing 2–1, three Giants are tossed out by umpire James Johnstone, a Giants nemesis. John McGraw is slow in replacing them on the field, and the ump declares a forfeit to St. Louis. One paper states tomorrow that McGraw didn’t have enough players left on the bench to field a team and refused to substitute after Billy Gilbert and Art Devlin were thumbed out.

In Chicago, the Americans top the White Sox, 5-2, in 8 innings.

At St. Louis, the Highlanders hand the Browns another shutout, winning 6-0.

John A. Hillerich, owner of J. F. Hillerich and Sons in Louisville, makes a patent application for a bat to decrease the hitting of foul balls by the batter and to increase the number of fair balls hit. Hillerich proposes modifying the hitting surface of the bat with regular indentations.

The Yankees select Doc Newton, PCL work horse from Los Angeles, in the draft. Newton, who pitches 4 years in the NL, pitched nearly 900 innings in the past two seasons, setting a PCL record with 39 wins this season. Rube Vickers of Seattle will match it this coming season.

6th  In the Cardinals 10–1 loss to Pittsburgh, St. Louis P Jack Taylor hurls his 39th consecutive complete game of the season—a modern ML record. His streak started on April 15th and totals 352 innings pitched.

7th  Jack Chesbro pitches the Highlanders to a 3–2 win over Boston for his 41st victory. The win moves New York ahead of Boston by a half game. Chesbro’s 41–12 record will top the AL in wins and percentage; in 1902 with Pittsburgh, his 28–6 topped that league, making him the only pitcher to lead both leagues in winning percentage.

In Cleveland’s sweep of a pair, 8–1 and 9–0, from host Detroit, George Stovall of Cleveland hits his first HR, and it comes off his older brother Jesse, pitching for Detroit in his last game. It marks the first time one brother gives up a HR to another, a feat which will be duplicated by the Ferrells in 1933, and the Niekros in 1976.

Pirates 3B Tommy Leach’s 3 putouts and 2 assists help the Pirates beat the Cubs, 6–1, in 8 innings. He will finish with 643 total chances, the highest of any 3rd sacker in the 20th Century. Only Pirates third sacker Jimmy Williams, whom Leach replaced, had a higher total (671 in 1889).

8th  Despite a 154-game schedule, Detroit OF Jimmy Barrett becomes the first to play in 162 games, as the 7th-place Tigers close their home season, splitting with the Cleveland Blues before 400 spectators. The Tigers set a season record with 10 tie games, 8 of which are replayed.

In a 7-inning nitecap, called on account of darkness, the Reds Miller Huggins lashes three triples against the Cardinals. The Reds win, 8–1. They also win the opener, 6-0.

The Phillies and Boston play 18 innings of baseball to finish the season with Philadelphia sweeping, 3-2, in 11 innings and 4-0 in 7 frames. Sherry McGee finishes the opener by legging out an inside-the-park homer.

9th Cincinnati pitchers Tom Walker and Noodles Hahn each throw a shutout against St. Louis. Walker allows 6 hits in winning, 3–0, while Hahn allows one hit in winning, 1–0, in 7 innings. The nitecap was called because of darkness.

10th  On the final day of the season, a doubleheader split will give the leading Boston Americans the AL pennant over the Highlanders. 30,000 are on hand in New York for the contests. With the score 2–2 in the top of the 9th and a man on 3B, Jack Chesbro has a spitball get away from him for a wild pitch, and Lou Criger scores Boston’s winning run. Bill Dinneen then stops New York in the 9th, hurling his 37th consecutive complete game of the season for an AL mark. New York wins the 2nd game, chilling George Winter who goes the route in a 1–0 loss to the Highlanders, but Boston triumphs by 1 1⁄2 games. The Boston pitchers achieve 148 complete games—an AL record—Both leagues set marks for total complete games: AL 1,098, NL 1,089.

John McGraw issues a statement saying that he, not president John Brush, was responsible for refusing to play the AL winner in a post season series. The Sporting News will declare the Boston Americans champions by default.

28th  After a 4th-place finish, the Cleveland Blues release Bill Armour and name Nap Lajoie manager. Armour takes over the Tigers, where Ed Barrow and Bobby Lowe split the season, as Detroit falls to 7th.