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American League fans enjoyed the first of many Boston-New York pennant races in 1904, with the New York Highlanders remaining in contention all year long largely because of Jack Chesbro, who compiled one of the most amazing seasons in A.L. history.  The Hall of Fame right-hander established a 20th century record by winning 41 games (he finished the year 41-12), making 51 starts, and throwing 48 complete games.  Chesbro also compiled a 1.82 ERA, struck out 239 batters, and tossed 455 innings.  His extraordinary performance enabled the Highlanders to enter the season’s final week with an opportunity to overtake the Americans for first place.

New York faced Boston in a critical four-game series at season’s end, with the A.L. pennant at stake.  Chesbro defeated the Americans in the first contest, giving the Highlanders a slim half-game lead.  Boston won each of the next two games, though, re-taking first place by a 1 ½ game margin.  Chesbro returned to the mound for the series finale, pitching his team to a 2-2 tie heading into the top of the ninth inning.  However, he uncorked a wild pitch over the head of catcher Deacon McGuire during that frame that enabled the Americans to score the game-winning and pennant-clinching run.  New York had to settle for a close second-place finish, ending the year 1 ½ games behind the pennant-winning Americans, who finished the campaign with a record of 95-59.  

Yet, while Boston and New York battled each other down to the wire for the league championship, it was fourth-place Cleveland that featured the junior circuit’s best offense and its top hitter.  Napoleon Lajoie led the American League with a .376 batting average, 102 runs batted in, 208 hits, 49 doubles, a .413 on-base percentage, and a .552 slugging percentage.  Pitcher Addie Joss also had a big year for Cleveland, winning the ERA title with a mark of 1.59.

Meanwhile, flame-throwing left-hander Rube Waddell performed exceptionally well for the fifth-place Athletics, who finished 12 ½ games behind the Americans in the standings.  In addition to winning 25 games and compiling a 1.62 ERA for Philadelphia, Waddell struck out 349 American League batters.  His strikeout total remained the major league record for more than six decades, and it continues to rank fifth on the all-time list.  

The following A.L. players also distinguished themselves over the course of the 1904 campaign:

• Cy Young threw the 20th century’s first perfect game during a 3-0 victory over the A’s and Rube Waddell on May 5.

• Philadelphia’s Harry Davis led the American League in homers (10) for the first of four straight seasons.

• Cy Young allowed only 29 walks in 380 innings.  He also led the major leagues with 10 shutouts.

• Boston's Bill Dinneen pitched an American League season record 337 innings without being relieved.

Jesse Tannehill of Boston threw a no-hitter against the White Sox on August 17.

Batting

TM G AB R H RBI AVG 2B 3B HR SB CS TB OBP SLG OPSLG GIDP SF SH
BOS 1470 5231 608 1294 522 .211 194 105 26 101 1776 .293 .283 .577 155
CHA 1465 5027 600 1217 519 .189 193 68 14 216 0 1588 .349 .256 .641 197
CLE 1433 5152 647 1340 553 .202 225 90 27 178 1826 .287 .269 .581 164
DET 1525 5321 505 1231 431 .212 154 69 11 112 1556 .282 .270 .564 154
NYA 1481 5220 598 1354 499 .210 195 91 27 163 1812 .298 .286 .623 135
PHA 1466 5088 557 1266 486 .225 197 77 31 137 0 1710 .289 .314 .618 137
SLA 1473 5291 481 1266 406 .173 153 53 10 150 1555 .281 .209 .519 138
WS1 1463 5149 437 1170 348 .198 171 57 10 150 1485 .278 .257 .546 115

Pitching

Team G W L IP SO BB BF H HR ERA ER R GC SH SV WP BK
BOS 166 95 59 1407 612 233 5598 1208 31 10.740 331 466 148 21 1 22 1
CHA 178 89 65 1380 550 303 5613 1161 13 26.040 353 482 134 26 3 37 2
CLE 169 86 65 1356 627 285 5615 1273 10 20.210 335 482 141 20 0 36 1
DET 183 62 90 1431 556 433 6011 1345 16 26.660 440 627 143 15 2 37 1
NYA 188 92 59 1380 684 311 5558 1180 29 26.730 394 526 123 14 1 41 0
PHA 175 81 70 1362 887 366 5611 1149 13 33.830 355 503 136 26 0 23 2
SLA 178 65 87 1410 577 333 5850 1335 25 37.150 443 604 135 13 1 25 0
WS1 177 38 113 1360 533 347 5883 1487 19 37.340 547 743 137 7 4 39 2

Fielding

Team ID G TC PO A E Fld% InOuts SB CS CS% PB
BOS 1432 6446 4217 1987 242 .923 0 0 0 0 19
CHA 1447 6548 4145 2165 238 .934 0 0 0 0 20
CLE 1423 6290 4066 1969 255 .946 0 0 0 0 18
DET 1504 6738 4288 2177 273 .925 0 0 0 0 17
NYA 1462 6520 4141 2104 275 .943 0 0 0 0 17
PHA 1439 6165 4080 1835 250 .952 0 0 0 0 21
SLA 1463 6671 4225 2179 267 .956 0 0 0 0 19
WS1 1446 6440 4077 2049 314 .937 0 0 0 0 13

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Addie Joss, American League, Bill Dinneen, Boston Americans, Cy Young, Deacon McGuire, Harry Davis, Jack Chesbro, Jesse Tannehill, Nap Lajoie, New York Highlanders, Rube Waddell

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