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1904 New York Highlanders
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Owner(s) William Devery and Frank Farrell
Manager(s) Clark Griffith
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Baseball-Reference 1904 New York Highlanders

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[edit] Season Hihglights

The New York Highlanders' 1904 season, their second in New York and fourth overall, finished with the team in 2nd place in the American League with a record of 92-59. The team was managed by Clark Griffith and played home games at Hilltop Park.

[edit] The name

The first verified use of the alternate nickname "Yankees" (a synonym for "Americans", the team being American Leaguers) occurred on April 7, 1904, when a spring training story from Richmond, Virginia carried the headline "Yankees Will Start Home From South To-Day." The New York Evening Journal screamed: "YANKEES BEAT BOSTON".[1] The casual use of that nickname suggests it was already in the popular lexicon, although "Highlanders" would continue to be the primary (and equally unofficial) nickname for several more years.

New York's most notable point came on the final day of the season at Hilltop Park. New York pitcher Jack Chesbro threw a wild pitch in the ninth inning, giving the Boston Americans the win, and the American League pennant. It would be another 100 years before the Red Sox would defeat the Yankees in a pennant-deciding game.

Earlier in the year, New York's dominant hold of first place led to the New York Giants' announcement that they would not play in the World Series, since they considered the Highlanders to be only a "minor league" team. Even though it was Boston who stole the pennant on the final day, the Giants stuck to their word and their refusal prevented the World Series from being played. It also marked the first time that the Boston team, who would later formally become the Red Sox in 1908, would beat the New York AL team in a pennant-deciding game. The second time the Boston team would accomplish this came a full century later, in the final game of the 2004 ALCS.

[edit] Final Standings

American League W L T GB Pct.
Boston Americans 95 59 3 -- .617
New York Highlanders 92 59 4 .609
Chicago White Sox 89 65 2 6 .578
Cleveland Naps 86 65 3 .570
Philadelphia Athletics 81 70 4 12½ .536
St. Louis Browns 65 87 4 29 .428
Detroit Tigers 62 90 10 32 .408
Washington Senators 38 113 6 55½ .252

[edit] Player stats

   

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[edit] Batting

Note: G = Games played; AB = At Bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting Average; HR = Home Runs; RBI = Runs Batted In

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
John Anderson 143 558 155 .278 3 82
Wid Conroy 140 489 119 .243 1 52
Patsy Dougherty 106 452 128 .283 6 22
Kid Elberfeld 122 445 117 .263 2 46
John Ganzel 130 465 121 .260 6 48
Willie Keeler 143 543 186 .343 2 40
Deacon McGuire 101 322 67 .208 0 20
Jimmy Williams 146 559 147 .263 2 74
[edit] Other batters
Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Monte Beville 9 22 6 .273 0 2
Elmer Bliss 1 1 0 .000 0 0
Orth Collins 5 17 6 .353 0 1
Dave Fultz 97 339 93 .274 2 32
Red Kleinow 58 209 43 .206 0 16
Frank McManus 4 7 0 .000 0 0
Champ Osteen 28 107 21 .196 2 9
Jack Thoney 36 128 24 .188 0 12
Bob Unglaub 6 19 4 .211 0 2

[edit] Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Jack Chesbro 55 454.7 41 12 1.82 239
Clark Griffith 16 100.3 7 5 2.87 36
Tom Hughes 19 136.3 7 11 3.70 75
Al Orth 20 137.7 11 6 2.68 37
Jack Powell 47 390.3 23 19 2.44 202

[edit] Other pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Walter Clarkson 13 66.3 1 2 5.02 43
Ned Garvin 2 12 0 1 2.25 8
Ambrose Puttmann 9 49.3 2 0 2.74 26
Barney Wolfe 7 33.7 0 3 3.21 8

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