1904 September

3rd  Syracuse (Eastern League) beats Scranton 3 times in a tripleheader.

5th In front of 37,000 fans the Giants sweep the Beaneaters, beating Boston 6–1 and 4–3. Mathewson wins the opener, beating Irv Wilhelm, and is not scored upon until the 9th when Jim Delahanty and Tom Needham triple. Red Ames wins the nitecap. Following the Giant sweep, excited fans hoist John McGraw up to carry him to the Polo Grounds field house. But McGraw gets dropped during the excitement, sustaining a sprained ankle.

6th In the first of two, Boston beats the lowly Washington Nationals, 4–1, the 16th straight victory the year for the Americans over the Nats. They have now beaten Washington in 22 straight games (6 in 1903: 16 in 1904) over 2 seasons. The Nats take the nitecap, 6–3, to snap the streak. The Sox have won a ML-record 20 straight home games at Boston against Washington—10 in 1903 and 10 in 1904.

7th Rookie George “Hooks” Wiltse records his 10th straight win without a loss, and the Giants 12th in a row, as he beats the Phillies, 6–3. Wiltse allows 8 hits.

8th The visiting Phillies stop the Giants win streak at 12 when they beat up Dummy Taylor to win, 9–8. Bill Duggleby is the victor. New York then wins the nitecap, 4–1 as Mathewson notches his 30th victory, over Tom “Tully” Sparks. Darkness ends the game in the 7th inning.

9th Cold weather keeps the crowd to 1,844 in New York as the Giants Joe McGinnity allows 12 Philley hits but wins his 31st, 6–4. The nitecap is called after 5 innings and no score.

10th Before 14,404 fans the A’s Eddie Plank and Boston’s Cy Young face each other, with the Athletics ace winning, 1–0, in 13 innings. It is his third 1–0 win this season, a mark he will match next year. Young strikes out 12, including the side in a late inning on 9 pitches without a foul (this is not listed in the record books but historians Bill Nowlin and Ed Walton each report it). But Plank prevails, winning his own game with a 2-out drive over first base that goes to the wall. Murphy scores the winning run. The A’s pitchers will throw 26 shutouts this year, tied for high in the AL with the White Sox.

A crowd of 15,250 cheers the first-place Giants to a pair of one-run wins over the Phillies. Bresnahan’s 9th inning triple scores 2 in the opener, as Hooks Wiltse earns his 11th straight win. Dummy Taylor wins the nitecap, 6–5, as the Giants finish 4 straight doubleheaders with 5 victories, a loss and a tie. New York leads the 2nd-place Colts by 17 games.

12th Boston wins its 2nd of 19 games against the first-place Giants, and top Christy Mathewson in the process, 3–1.

The White Sox beat Cleveland, 1-0, as Doc White fires the shutout.

14th The Boston Americans, with a half-game lead over New York, send Bill Dinneen to the mound. Patsy Dougherty leads off with a single off Dinneen and Willie Keeler follows with a bunt that C Lou Criger fires into the crowd to allow Patsy to score. Keeler scores a play later. Boston’s only tally comes in the 9th on a 2-base error and a wild pitch. New York wins, 3–1. The nitecap is called after 5 innings and a 1–1 score.

In Chicago, the White Sox take two from Cleveland, winning 3-1 behind Frank Owen and 6-2 behind Patterson.

15th  Giants rookie Hooks Wiltse wins his 12th straight game, beating Boston, 3–2 at the Polo Grounds. Hooks sets a ML mark for consecutive games won at the start of a career, a record that will be tied by relief hurler Butch Metzger, in 1976. He’ll end up at 13–3. The Giants end their season series with Boston having won 20 out of 22 games.

Boston edges New York, 3–2, to move back into first place in the AL and drop the Highlanders into 2nd place. Jesse Tannehill allows 9 hits in besting Al Orth while Freddy Parent drives in all three runs. The nitecap is called after 7 innings with the score 1–1.

Brooklyn and Philadelphia split a doubleheader with the Phillies winning the opener, 5-2, before losing the second game, 14-7, in 7 innings. Phils first sacker John Lush contributes 4 errors in game 2 to tie the post-1893 record set by John Menefee in 1901. For Lush it is his second 4 error game this year (June 11), a record no one has matched.

16th The Giants sweep two from Brooklyn as Mathewson wins the opener, 2–1, allowing just 4 hits. Two of the hits, a triple and homer, are by rookie Emil Batch. McGinnity wins the nitecap, 5–3.

Doc White pitches his second 1-0 shutout in a row, a one-hitter, as the White Sox beat the Browns. A triple by Tim Jones is the lone hit.

17th More than 23,000, reputedly the largest crowd in Boston history, show up for the showdown twinbill with the New York Highlanders. New York scores 3 runs in each of the first 2 innings against Bill Dinneen. Jack Chesbro (35-8) holds on for a 6–4 win, his 7th win in a row. But Cy Young tops New York, 4–2, in the nitecap, beating Ned Garvin, recently acquired from Brooklyn. The 2 teams split their three doubleheaders and at the end of the day New York (80-50) has a half game lead over Boston (81-52).

In Chicago the Reds Tom Walker and the Cubs Button Briggs each go 17 innings before Jack McCarthy drives in the winning run with a bases-loaded single to give the Cubs the 2-1 decision. McCarthy also drove in the first run.

19th Danny Murphy hits a grand slam in the Athletics five-run 8thagainst Boston, as the A’s win, 6-1. The loss, coupled with the Highlanders win over Washington, leaves Boston a game and a half behind New York.

Chicago’s Doc White pitches his third shutout in a row, beating the visiting Tigers, 3-0.

21st The Reds sweep the Giants, winning 6–4 and 2–0 to stall the Giants clinching of the flag. The Reds rough up Mathewson in the opener and Jack Harper scatters 5 hits for the shutout. New York has lost 3 in a row for the first time this season.

The Boston Americans sweep a pair from Philadelphia, winning 5-1 and 4-3 to move a half game behind the leading Highlanders, losers to Washington, 4-2.

22nd  In the opener of a twinbill with the Reds, the Giants win, 7–5, behind Joe McGinnity. Their 100th win, it clinches the NL pennant for New York. In the final game of his 19-year career as an OF/C, future Hall of Famer Jim O’Rourke, 54 years ten months old (according to research by historian Bill Carle), catches for McGinnity. It is O’Rourke’s first ML game since 1893 (Benton Stark writes that O’Rourke hit .358 in 1900, but it was not in OB) and he is 1-for-4 and scores a run. He is the oldest to hit safely, with Minnie Minoso, at 53 years 10 months, in second place when he hits safely in 1976. He’ll be elected to Cooperstown in 1945. The Reds come back in the nitecap to win, 7–3, in 7 innings, beating Hooks Wiltse.

The Giants .262 will lead the NL in team batting, 31 points below the 1900 leaders. Team batting averages have dropped since then, mainly due to: the change from a diamond-shaped, 10-inch home plate to the 5-sided, 17-inch plate after 1901; the foul-strike rule adopted in 1901; and the introduction of the spitball and other doctored pitches in 1903.

23rd The Giants sleepwalk against the Pirates (“Pittsburg Plays All By Itself” is the NY Herald headline) as Red Ames allows 3 runs in 8 innings before John McGraw pulls him. His replacement is Frank Bowerman who gives up 4 runs in his only ML inning. The Pirates win, 7–0.

24th Cubs P Bob Wicker, who pitched a 12-inning one-hitter in June, allows just one hit in regulation in beating Brooklyn, 4–0. Lumley hits a grounder to Chance who throws high to Wicker covering 1B for a scratch hit. Chicago also takes the nitecap, 7–4, in 7 innings.

At the Polo Grounds, Mathewson wins his 32nd, defeating the Pirates, 3–1. Matty allows just 4 hits—two each to Ginger Beaumont and Tommy Leach—in beating Joe Robataille.

The Shreveport Pirates and the Atlanta Crackers complete their Southern League game in a record 44 minutes (The Atlanta Journal lists the time as 42 minutes). This mark for brevity will hold up for just six years.

25th At Chicago, Doc White pitches his 4th consecutive shutout as the White Sox beat the Athletics, 4-0, the same score that they beat them yesterday.

26th  In Philadelphia, Connie Mack correctly predicts the AL finish saying, “It certainly looks like the Plymouth Rocks will take the bunting,” because of all the postponed games the crippled Highlanders have to make up. The New York Highlanders then lose a pair to Cleveland, 4-3 and 6-2. Jack Chesbro loses the opener, his first defeat in 10 games, when Stovall hits a bases-loaded triple in the 8th. Powell struggles to the loss in game 2 after Turner hits a double off his knee. The Browns’ Dick Padden, Joe Sugden and Jesse Burkett pull off a triple steal (Sporting Life, October 8, 1904). Meanwhile, Boston sweeps Detroit, 2-0 and 5-3, and now leads the AL race by 2 games. Bill Dinneen applies the calcimine in the opener and Cy Young in relief of Winter (one inning) takes game 2.

After Chicago’s Jake Weimer shuts out Brooklyn, 4-0, rookie teammate Alex Hardy debuts with a 1–0 shutout victory, and becomes the first 20th century NL pitcher to toss a shutout in his first game. It’s happened twice already in the AL.

27th  Dusty Rhoads, Cleveland righthander, holds Boston hitless for 8 2⁄3 innings before Chick Stahl singles. Cleveland wins, 3–1, scoring 2 in the 8th on a homer by Nap Lajoie, off Norwood Gibson. With the fast Flick on 1B, Gibson throws a pitchout, but Lajoie reached across the plate and hits it into the RF bleachers.

In St. Louis, the Browns Willie Sudhoff and the A’s Chief Bender face off for 10 innings without either team scoring. The game ends in a tie.

29th Chicago scores 5 unearned runs in the 2nd inning and rattles Mathewson for 13 hits to beat New York, 7–3. The series-bound Giants will lose 6 in a row as they stroll towards the end of the season.

White Sox rookie Frank Smith shuts out Washington, 1-0, his second win over the Nationals in three days. He also sets an AL mark, since tied, of 9 wins over one team in one season. Washington has beaten him once.

30th  Doc White, White Sox lefthander, pitches his fifth shutout in 18 days, defeating New York, 4–0. He strikes out 8 of the visitors and allows just 3 hits. Of his 7 shutouts for the year, 6 have come in September. He has now thrown 45 consecutive scoreless innings.