Season in review
The NL pennant race was a thrilling affair with Chicago, Philly and Pittsburgh battling to the wire. The Cubs took their second straight pennant despite no regulars hitting over .300, though Frank Chance (.297, 60 SB), Bill Bradley (.294) and SS Freddy Parent (.291) were all solid. Pitching was much the same as a balanced staff saw 6 hurler win in double figures led by Jake Weimer (18-15, 2.42) and Buttons Briggs (17-16, 3.96). The Phillies were certainly more formidable on paper led by Nap Lajoie (.385-7-135), Elmer Flick (.307-6-84, 40 SB) and Doc White (22-15, 2.81) but in the end they did not have the depth of the Cubbies. Pittsburgh got great seasons from Honus Wagner and Stubs Corchoran who both hit .357 and Ginger Beaumont (.307) but were hurt by a down year from Deacon Phillippe (12-13, 2.98) though they did boast two 20 game winners in Rube Waddell and Jack Chesbro.
The AL was all New York all season long as the Highlanders cruised to a 23 game advantage over 2nd place Detroit, winning a record 106 games in the process. Path Twelve (.358-1-84) and Mathurin Hawkins (.316-1-85) swung big sticks, but it was pitching that carried the New York Nine with a team Era of 1.96, led by Cy Crooks (25-13, 2.33), Barney Wolfe (24-5, 1.38) and the versatile Finn O’Connell (15-3, 1.33, 5 saves)
The World Series was met with a great deal of excitement as the public thought New York would be sure to bring the American League their first World Championship, especially after the Highlanders took game one 6-4 and followed a 3-1 Cubs win with an 8-2 rout on game three to take a 2-1 lead. But from there the Cubs balance carried the day again as they took hard fought 6-4 and 5-3 wins at home and then captured their second World Championship with a 4-3 thriller at Hilltop Park in game 7.
• Cy Crooks recorded a career high 25 wins
• Finn O’Connell despite only starting 13 games appeared in 40 and led the league in both ERA and saves. Lefties hit just .161 against Finn as he recorded a WHIP of just 0.97.
• Rob Neilsen tied his career high with 16 wins.
• Mathurin Hawkins piled up the accolades winning the AL MVP, the Silver Slugger Award for catchers, was elected to the All-Star team as a starter with 602,590 votes and led the league in hits (201) RBI (85) Runs (119) and Doubles (52)
• Path Twelve had another huge year as well winning the AL batting title (.358) the Silver Slugger for CF and was also elected as an All-Star starter in CF with 669,375 votes. He also led the AL in OPB (.443), Slugging PCT (.474) and OPS (.917)
• Ulysses A Spear despite a poor overall season at the plate, Spear did pick it up in August hitting .304.
• Stubs Corchoran is elected as an All-Star starter his first year back receiving 648,925 votes and hits .382 with runners in scoring position.
• Al Mighty wins the 1904 AL Silver Slugger award for SS
• Jace Hunter is elected as the starting All-Star 3B and wins the AL Silver Slugger award at 3B. He also hits a handy .330 with runners in scoring position for the year.
• Rookie J.G Rothschild signs a 1 year deal with Cleveland at $25
• Rookies Buck Banzai (1 year $13) O’olish Amaneh (1 year $13) and Kangee Twinfeather (1 year $13) all sign with the St Louis Browns.
• Ulysses A Spear resigns with the Browns for 1 year at $135.
• Path Twelve jumps ship in New York and also joins the Browns on a 1 year deal worth $935
• Stubs Corchoran angered at the Pirates offer, hold out and is released, signing with Cleveland for a mere $42 for 1 year, in a move certainly meant to spite the Pirates. Stubs is becoming quite the thorn to management.
• Cy Crooks sustained a minor knee injury May 10th, but only missed 2 starts
• Path Twelve suffered a Biceps injury that landed him on the 15 day DL April 29th.
• Stubs Corchoran hurt his knee May 30th but only missed 2 games.
• Al Mighty sustained a minor leg injury on July 26th, missing no time due to the injury.
A big year for many of our players in 1904, with Hawkins and Twelve each hauling in enough hardware to require an extension to their fireplace mantles.
Set to debut in 1905
O’olish ‘The Dublin Kid’ Amaneh – SP 23 years old (Jabez54)
Kangee ‘Chief’ Twinfeather – LF 19 years old (PointGuard)
J.G ‘Wrathchild’ Rothschild – SS 21 years old (Wrathchild)
Buckaroo ‘Buck’ Banzai – SS 21 years old (reflections)