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The 1904 Season

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Posted 12-07-2017 at 07:15 AM by bjohn13

Opening Day Lineup
C Lave Cross
1B Jake Beckley
2B Freddie Parent
3B Terry Turner
SS Joe Tinker
LF Willie Keeler
CF Charlie Hickman
RF Billy Hamilton
SP Tom Hughes

Most Common Lineup
C Lave Cross
1B Jake Beckley
2B Freddy Parent
3B Terry Turner
SS Joe Tinker
LF Willie Keeler
CF Charlie Hickman
RF Billy Hamilton

Pitching Staff
SP Tom Hughes
SP Cy Young
SP Jerry Nops
SP Rube Waddell
RP Otto Hess
RP Highball Wilson
RP Len Swornstedt
RP George Boone
RP Wish Egan

Brooklyn started the year playing 6 of their first 9 games against 1903’s pennant rival Boston. Brooklyn won all six of those games, and they took 8 of their first 9 overall. The rest of the month didn’t go as well when half of Brooklyn’s pitching rotation, Rube Waddell and Jerry Nops, hit the disabled list at the same time.

Brooklyn pitching was overall very dominant in April. Behind the arms of Wadell and Cy Young, they posted a 2.01 ERA through the month. The offense was equally as devastating with Joe Tinker and Billy Hamilton leading a quite potent lineup for the dead ball era.

Brooklyn finished April 16-10 in a virtual tie with Cincinnati for first place in the National League.

Brooklyn’s offense went on a tear in May. Charlie Hickman, Freddy Parent, and Willie Keeler all had great months. Hickman won the National League player of the month award by going .411 in May.

The injuries in the starting rotation combined with issues in the bullpen caused Brooklyn to fail to put together a successful month. Roger Bresnahan lost his job as the closer, and Jimmy St. Vrain filled in very well. Brooklyn did go 14-13 on the month, but they lost ground in the pennant race falling to 3 1/½ames behind the Cubs.

Brooklyn’s offense, led by Charlie Hickman, continued to be a force in June. While Brooklyn did finish 15-12 in the month, they benefitted more from a .500 month from the first place Cubs, though Brooklyn did contribute to Chicago’s month by taking 3 of 4 against them in a three game set late in the month.

Brooklyn ended the month only two games out of first place.


1904 All Star Team

Consistency had been a part of Brooklyn’s season, but Brooklyn started 3-8 in July to fall 5 ½ games behind the Cubs. Brooklyn benefitted from the roster expansion, though, as Mike McCormick came up in a big way in his second attempt to win the starting third base job.

Brooklyn finished the month winning 9 of their last 10. The only loss in that stretch was to first place Chicago, but Brooklyn took 3 of 4 in that series to pull even with the Cubs for first place in the National League.

Brooklyn had an abysmal month in August, and their season was saved by the fact that, once again, so did Chicago. Chicago seemed to be the only team that Brooklyn could beat with regularity, as Brooklyn swept Chicago in a three-game series in mid August to keep pace.

Brooklyn was three games under .500 for the month, and they fell to a half game behind Chicago. Brooklyn and Chicago were to play one final time in a three game series beginning on August 13.

Joe Tinker won the National Leguge Player of the Month Award by hitting .393 on the month.

Brooklyn lost four of their first five in September leaving them in a tough spot for their three game series with Chicago. They were 3 ½ back going into the series, and Brooklyn couldn’t beat them when it mattered most. Capped off by a perfect game by Al Orth in game 2, Brooklyn dropped 2 of 3 to fall 4 ½ back and pretty much out of contention. Brooklyn ultimately finished only 1 game back.

1904 Final Standings

1904 Hitting Leaders

1904 Pitching Leaders

1904 Team Hitting

1904 Team Pitching

Brooklyn Hitting

Brooklyn Pitching

World Series
The 1904 World Series pitted two teams against each other who had never been in the World Series before. With Cleveland representing the American League, all of the AL teams had made at least once appearance. Meanwhile, with the Cubs representing the National League, only Pittsburgh and Boston had yet to make an appearance.

The Cleveland Naps were led by a pitching staff that featured four dominant starting pitchers in George Winter, Bob Ewing, George Cobb, and Red Ames. Winter, Ewing, and Ames were all 20-game winners with Ewing winning 19. Ralph Caldwell led a potent bullpen with 31 saves. Their offense lacked a little bit to be desired with catcher Ed McFarland and third baseman Bill Bradley leading the way.

Chicago also featured three very strong pitchers in Hooks Wiltse, Bill Dineen, and Al Orth. Both Wiltse and Dinneen were 20 game winners. Chicago’s offense was led by Sam Crawford and Jim Delahanty, but the production petered off quickly after those two.

Game one featured Bill Dinneen against George Cobb. Chicago got off to a 2-0 lead in the top of the first off of a 2-RBI single by Jim Delahanty. They tacked on another in the top of the 4th with an RBI single by Hughie Hearne. Cleveland got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the fourth, led by a Stan Mertes double and an RBI triple by Ollie Pickering. The Cubs self destructed in the bottom of the fifth, committing two errors in the field which led to a three-run Cleveland inning. With a 5-3 lead, Cleveland would not look back. Barry McCormick had three hits for Cleveland while Willie Clark and Hughie Hearne each had three hits for Chicago.

Game two featured Al Orth against Bob Ewing. Chicago got a four-hit performance out of Jim Delahanty, and Orth went the distance to earn a 5-2 win for Chicago, as the series evened up at a game apiece.

With the series moving to Chicago, Cleveland was bringing George Winter to the mound against Hooks Wiltse for Chicago. Wiltse pitched a strong game, giving up just one run in 7 ½. He left the game with a 3-1 lead, and Billy Milligan came out to earn the save for Chicago. Emmet Heidrick had 3 hits in the losing effort for Cleveland.

In game four, Chicago got on the board early thanks in part to a Sam Crawford home run, and Dineen gave up only two unearned runs in nine innings to earn the victory over George Cobb. This gave Chicago a commanding 3-1 series lead going into game five.

Cleveland erupted for four runs in the top of the first against Al Orth, and they never looked back. Bob Ewing gave up 3 runs in 7 2/3 innings, and Ralph Caldwell came in to earn his second save of the series. Emmet Heidrick had three hits, including two triples, for Cleveland, and the series would move back to Cleveland with Chicago leading 3 games to 2.

Cleveland got off to a huge 7-2 lead off of Hooks Wiltse in game six, but George Winter got into trouble in the 8th giving up three runs before Ralph Caldwell ultimately came in to give up a fourth. With a 7-6 lead in the ninth, Caldwell was able to shut the door to get his third save of the series and to force a game 7.

Chicago erupted for four runs in the top of the first off of George Cobb, but Cleveland was not to be outdone. They scored 5 of their own off of Bill Dineen in the bottom of the first to take a 5-4 lead. Despite a three-hit performance by Sam Crawford, it’s hard to believe that no more runs would score. Cobb ultimately threw 8 innings, and Ralph Caldwell came in to earn his 4th save of the series. That wrapped up the series with Cleveland winning its first World Series championship. Emmett Heidrick won the series MVP.

1904 Awards

Offseason Moves
The Superbas traded Dave Brain and Danny Hoffman to the New York Highlanders for infielder Shad Barry.
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