1904 American League
|1904 in baseball|
|1904 American League|
|<< 1903 1905 >>|
The 1904 season of the American League was the fourth season of the league.
The 1904 American League pennant race was one of the most exciting in history. On August 22nd, the entire first division of the league was within two games of each other, with the fifth-place Cleveland Naps just 5 games back. From August 27 to the end of the season, the Boston Americans and New York Highlanders would be within one game of each other for all but four days. The third-place Chicago White Sox weren't eliminated until the first week of October.
The pennant was decided in a five-game season-ending series between Boston and New York that began on Friday, October 7th in New York with Boston holding a half-game lead. In the opener, Jack Chesbro won his 41st game for New York, setting a league record that still stands. There were now two doubleheaders left to play, and the already overused Chesbro started one of the games on the Saturday in Boston. He and Walter Clarkson were battered in a 13-2 loss, then Boston also won the nitecap, 1-0, behind the pitching of Cy Young and a costly error by Wid Conroy. With Sunday baseball still banned, the last two games were played on the Monday, October 10th, back in New York. The Highlanders needed to win both games, and sent Chesbro back on the mound for the opener. New York had little choice, as they basically had a two-men pitching staff, with Chesbro and Jake Powell (who had been on the wrong end of the 1-0 decision) combining for a record 845 innings). Facing Bill Dinneen, one of the heroes of Boston's World Series win the year before, he took a tie game into the 9th, but famously uncorked a wild pitch with Lou Criger on third base to allow the winning run. The Highlanders were unable to score in the bottom half of the inning, stranding two runners, and lost the game, 3-2, to give Boston its second consecutive pennant. That wild pitch would (unfairly) haunt Chesbro for the remainder of his career and of his life, even though the batter, Freddy Parent, followed with a single that would have scored the winning run anyway.
However there was no World Series that year, as the New York Giants, who won the National League title handily, refused to "debase" themselves by facing what they considered the champions of an inferior league, a decision that was largely prompted by the fear that the upstart Highlanders could be the AL champs. The decision did not go down well with fans and prompted officials of the two leagues to agree to a truce after the season and make the World Series a permanent fixture.
- Bold indicates league champion; there was no World Series played
|Rank||Team||G||W||L||T||WPCT||GB||RS (RS/G)||RA (RA/G)||AVG||OBP||SLG||ERA||FPCT|
|1||Boston Americans||157||95||59||3||.605||-.-||608 (3.87)||466 (2.97)||0.247||0.294||0.340||2.12||0.963|
|2||New York Highlanders||155||92||59||4||.594||1.5||598 (3.86)||526 (3.39)||0.259||0.301||0.347||2.57||0.958|
|3||Chicago White Sox||156||89||65||2||.571||6.0||600 (3.85)||482 (3.09)||0.242||0.294||0.316||2.30||0.964|
|4||Cleveland Naps||154||86||65||3||.558||7.5||647 (4.20)||482 (3.13)||0.260||0.302||0.354||2.22||0.959|
|5||Philadelphia Athletics||155||81||70||4||.523||12.5||557 (3.59)||503 (3.25)||0.249||0.292||0.336||2.35||0.959|
|6||St. Louis Browns||156||65||87||4||.417||29.0||481 (3.08)||604 (3.87)||0.239||0.284||0.294||2.83||0.960|
|7||Detroit Tigers||162||62||90||10||.383||32.0||505 (3.12)||627 (3.87)||0.231||0.278||0.292||2.77||0.959|
|8||Washington Senators||157||38||113||6||.242||55.5||437 (2.78)||743 (4.73)||0.227||0.267||0.288||3.62||0.951|
- Bold indicates league record, Italics indicate all-time record
The World Series between the league champions of the American League, the Boston Americans and the National League, the New York Giants was not held.
- Monte Beville*
- Bill Carpenter
- Tom Connolly
- Bill Coughlin*
- Lew Drill*
- Frank Dwyer
- Harry Howell*
- Charles King
- Silk O'Loughlin
- Jack Sheridan
* Denotes a fill-in umpire
- Tom Ruane: "A Retro-Review of the 1900s (the 1904 edition)", Retrosheet.org 
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